Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Understanding It And How To Find Relief


Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder that results in unexplained extreme fatigue. In some cases, it can worsen when you partake in mental or physical activity of any sort. Unlike some fatigue, CFS cannot be improved by resting. The actual cause of the disorder is not known and experts believe that a number of factors can trigger the syndrome. Since it can take multiple medical tests and significant time to determine whether a CFS diagnosis is necessary, you could suffer considerably mentally and physically. Read on to learn more about the disorder and what you can do about it, including seeking the help of a chiropractor.

Some Facts About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that over one million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with CFS. The CDC says that CFS is more prevalent than lupus, multiple sclerosis and several different types of cancer. Women are four times more at risk than me to develop the disease and it typically occurs to individuals who are in their 40s or 50s. There is no evidence that suggests it is contagious, but it may be heredity.

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Loss of concentration or memory
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Extreme exhaustion that lasts over 24 hours
  • Lack of quality sleep

Aside from the actual symptoms, there are also potential complications that can occur with CFS, including missing time from work, inability to enjoy certain lifestyle activities, social isolation, and depression.

How to Relieve Some of the Symptoms

As mentioned earlier, it can take time to receive a diagnosis of CFS. Until that diagnosis is received, you are left dealing with extreme exhaustion, muscle and joint pain, lack of sleep and more. While you're waiting for that diagnosis, there are a few things that you can do to help manage the symptoms of CFS, including:

  • Partake in regular exercise, which may help you experience fewer symptoms.
  • Reduce stress, which usually makes your symptoms worse.
  • Avoid caffeine, sugar, alcohol, saturated fats and refined foods.
  • Add supplements to your daily routine, including magnesium to reduce fatigue, vitamin B12 to boost energy levels, beta-carotene to improve your immune system, Omega-3 fatty acids for fatigue reduction, and melatonin to help you sleep.
  • Seek the help of a chiropractor, as spinal manipulations may be able to reduce pain, increase flexibility, reduce joint inflammation and boost energy.

If you are being tested for chronic fatigue syndrome, you may want to talk to a chiropractor in your area about the potential benefits of weekly adjustments.

For a local chiropractor, contact an office such as Dimond Chiropractic Center.


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Getting My Back Fixed

One day, in the middle of helping my kids to clean up the house, I lifted a box weird and threw out my back. It was frustrating, but I assumed that it would go away on its own. I was wrong. After trying everything I could think of to resolve the problem, my back still hurt and I couldn't stand up straight. After a week of suffering, I made the decision to meet with a chiropractor. He inspected my back, took x-rays, and figured out that I had slipped a disc. I started a grueling physical therapy routine, but after a few days, things started to improve. Read this blog to learn more about chiropractors.