Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition when you have such a long-term disabling tiredness (fatigue). It is commonly that people with this kind of syndrome also have one or more other symptoms such as poor concentration, hard headache, and disturbed sleep pattern. What causes chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown. All people can possibly suffer this syndrome, but mostly is twenties to mid-forties.
Chronic fatigue syndrome can affect anyone. A survey estimates that the syndrome affects about one person in 300 people in the UK. Men and women have the same possibility to suffer this syndrome. It usually touches people in the early twenties to mid-forties. However, the case in children is also ever identified. It is hard to identify this syndrome since no test that is able to prove whether you suffer this syndrome or not. Symptoms you bring are the only hint for doctor to diagnose you.
No exact thing causes chronic fatigue syndrome, or it tends to be unknown. There are some theories try to reveal this mystery, but none has been proved. One most popular theory is that it hypothesizes a viral infection happens that trigger such condition. There is no strong evidence to prove this hypothesis. Besides, some factors are believed to contribute to people developing CFS and make CFS worse:
Factors that are thought to contribute to people developing CFS include:
- Inherited genetic susceptibility (it is more common in some families).
- Viral infections such as glandular fever.
- Exhaustion and mental stress.
- A traumatic event that stimulate depression.
The following factors are thought to make CFS worse:
- Recurring infections with viral or bacterial germs.
- Not being active enough, or even being too active.
- Poor diet.
- Being socially isolated and/or feeling frustrated and depressed.
- Environmental pollution.
Unfortunately, doctors have not known cure for chronic fatigue syndrome. However, you will be helped by some treatment arrangements to ease the symptoms. Specialists will be your reference in supporting you with the treatments. The treatment will require you to consistently do the treatment for such long enough time. It indeed takes time, but you need to do it in discipline. Once you skip the treatment, it will cut the chain of your recovery. You will need to rearrange the treatment again from the beginning.
Graded Exercise Therapy (GET)
Graded exercise therapy is one gradual treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome. This therapy or treatment will put you in progressive increase in exercise or physical activities such as swimming, walking, or stretching. You will have increased level of activities regularly depend on your respond to the activities. GET provides you structures treatment that you can easily monitor relates to your chronic fatigue syndrome.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive therapy is based on the idea that certain ways of thinking that can fuel certain health problems. This therapy will suggest you with many positive thinking. Behavioral therapy has purpose to change any paradigm that are harmful or not helpful. Afterward, therapist will direct you to live with positive behavior. CBT combines cognitive and behavioral therapy. CBT has been proven to self-heal people with chronic fatigue syndrome.