Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What Are The Symptoms of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?

What is CFS?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease of civilized countries. At risk are residents of megalopolises, especially people whose work is associated with increased responsibility. And no one is immune from this unpleasant disease. But what are the causes of chronic fatigue?

Poor sanitary and ecological conditions, chronic diseases, viral infections and an unbalanced emotional and intellectual load increases the chances of developing chronic fatigue syndrome even at a young age. 

The causes of chronic fatigue are associated with the development of a specific neurosis of the central regulatory centers of the autonomic nervous system. If left untreated, this syndrome can develop into depression, as well as cause infectious and allergic diseases.

Usually, severe fatigue resolves after proper sleep and rest. If a person sleeps and eats well, but continues to feel lethargic and tired, which prevents him from going about his usual activities, this is more of a pathological condition. The main symptom of chronic fatigue is unreasonable constant fatigue, which reduces performance by several times. However, this affects the psycho-emotional well-being of a person: it significantly limits everyday life and interferes with communication, since moral resources are no longer enough even for loved ones. In addition, chronic fatigue causes a headache, memory impairment, insomnia, nausea and more. Due to the variety of symptoms, the disease is difficult to diagnose.

Unfortunately, people often attribute the loss of energy to age or life circumstances, thereby ignoring the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and exacerbating the situation.

 

It is important to pay attention to the following signs of CFS in time.

CFS symptoms are constant loss of strength, decreased performance and fast fatigability. If actions that were previously easy turn into a huge problem, then you should pay special attention to this. And this applies not only to business issues: a short walk, meeting with friends, or even a trip to the store can be accompanied by fatigue.

 Mood swings are one of the CFS symptoms, from complete apathy to outbursts of anger.

Sleep disturbances: drowsiness, insomnia, not invigorating superficial or intermittent sleep. Headaches that differ from previous ones in intensity, nature, or duration are one of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Problems with memory and thinking: impaired concentration, mood deterioration, difficulty remembering information, irritability. Decreased immunity, for example, frequent sore throat, and exacerbation of chronic diseases are also CFS symptoms.

 Increased body temperature and an increase in different groups of lymph nodes: cervical, axillary or others should also be taken into account.

In advanced cases, chronic fatigue not only decreases the quality of life but can also produce life-threatening situations. For example, unexpected deterioration in concentration or drowsiness is a usual cause of accidents. That is why it is important to start chronic fatigue syndrome treatment on time.

Chronic fatigue syndrome can and should be treated, but don't self-medicate. Only doctors who can prescribe outpatient treatment or send to a wellness center will be able to correctly diagnose. People at risk and those who have noticed anxiety symptoms should pay attention to their lifestyle.

First of all, these disorders are caused by irregularities in brain function, which can be corrected using new "brain retraining" procedures known as "Insula and Amygdala Retraining". The Gupta Program activates the body's natural power to repair itself, and many people recover successfully from these diseases.

Make sure to get a couple of weeks off at least twice a year. Take a few hours to yourself in the evenings, and spend time with family or friends on the weekends.

Regular physical activity helps to strengthen the body, improve mood and cope with fatigue. Swimming, fitness, yoga, aerobics, running, dancing, cycling, and even regular morning exercises are good choices.

Try to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep. At the same time, it is very important to sleep at night: melatonin is produced during sleep at night. Deficiencies can cause stress.

To improve the general condition of the body in case of overwork and chronic fatigue syndrome, it is worth taking a course of massage and other health-improving and relaxing procedures.

Are you constantly tired? Can't sleep and feel overwhelmed in the morning? You may need to see a specialist and undergo a full examination and identify the cause of your ailment, as well as receive effective treatment, individually tailored to your case.

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Dr Francis Teeney

An excellent resource for those suffering from CFS/ME - lead by a real genuine man

Given that I am a psychologist working in the field of emotions and health I tend to choose my words carefully about self-help programmes/talking therapies etc. However, the Gupta Programme set out by Ashok Gupta is an excellent programme backed up by one to one coaching sessions and various webinar sessions. I have been participating in the programmes for over 5 years and the professionalism, evolution and incorporation of the latest medical thinking is always of the very highest order. This is not a programme that stands still - it encourages you to consolidate and then move on. It is based on very sound psychological principles. I look forward to the day when therapies such as this one take their rightful place among mainstream techniques used to treat CFS/ME

What Causes ME/CFS?

There are so many different abnormalities in ME/CFS, which seem to point to the idea of a central abnormality which affects all systems in the body. I believe that the condition is caused by an abnormality in the brain, specifically around two brain structures, the “Amygdala” and the “Insula”.

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The Amygdala is the part of our brain that is responsible for the “fight or flight” response, or the stress response. It is also known as the response of the sympathetic nervous system to threats.

From our published research which you can view below, it seems that this part of the brain gets stuck in a chronic state of hyper-arousal, quickly using up all the body’s store of energy.  It also causes lots of secondary issues which contribute to a whole host of symptoms in the body such as brain fog, difficulty concentrating, muscle pain, and exhaustion.

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