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Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex and debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Individuals suffering from this condition experience extreme fatigue that worsens with physical or mental activity and does not improve with rest.

At Angel Longevity Medical Center, we offer comprehensive chronic fatigue treatment aimed at improving the quality of life for those affected by this condition. 

Do you know the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for chronic fatigue syndrome?

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), is a long-term illness characterized by severe fatigue that cannot be explained by any underlying medical condition. This fatigue is often exacerbated by physical or mental activity and is not alleviated by rest. The exact cause of CFS is unknown, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and biological factors.

Common Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

While fatigue is the hallmark symptom of CFS, there are many other common symptoms associated with the condition. These symptoms can vary from person to person and may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Bloating
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry eyes or mouth
  • Earaches
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Jaw pain
  • Morning stiffness
  • Nausea
  • Night sweats
  • Psychological problems (depression, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tingling sensations
  • Weight loss

Diagnostic Criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

In addition to the common symptoms mentioned above, individuals must exhibit at least four or more of the following nine symptoms for a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome. 

These symptoms must have started after the onset of the condition and not before:

  1. Muscle Pain: Persistent muscle pain unrelated to any specific injury or overuse.
  2. Unrefreshing Sleep: Feeling unrefreshed after a full night’s sleep.
  3. Chronic Sore Throat: A sore throat that persists over time.
  4. Flu-like Symptoms Following Activity: Experiencing flu-like symptoms after engaging in physical or mental activity.
  5. Tender Lymph Nodes: Tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpit without any apparent infection.
  6. Joint Pain Without Swelling or Redness: Pain in the joints that are not accompanied by swelling or redness.
  7. Reduction in Short-term Memory or Concentration: Difficulty concentrating or remembering recent events.
  8. Headaches Not Common to the Individual: Experiencing headaches that are different in severity, type, or pattern from those typically experienced.
  9. Malaise Lasting More Than 24 Hours After Slight Exertion: Feeling ill or extremely tired for more than 24 hours after minor physical or mental exertion.

Challenges in Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome can be challenging due to the wide range of symptoms and their overlap with other medical conditions. There is no single test for CFS; instead, diagnosis is typically made based on a combination of patient history, symptom assessment, and ruling out other potential causes of fatigue.

Learn more about Jack’s Journey here:

“Before I met Dr Mather I was feeling really down physically, like I didn’t have any energy left. To the point where I couldn’t get out of my bed. I was dragging myself to do anything …I was really depressed, I was really anxious …And I was experiencing chronic pain. Throughout the months like after the treatments just start feeling better and better”

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Treatment Options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

While there is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome, various treatment options can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. At Angel Longevity Medical Center, we offer a holistic approach to treating chronic fatigue syndrome, focusing on addressing the underlying causes and providing personalized care. Here are some common treatment options:

  1. Lifestyle Modifications: Encouraging patients to adopt a balanced lifestyle with adequate rest, gentle exercise, and stress management techniques.
  2. Dietary Changes: Implementing a healthy, nutrient-rich diet that supports overall well-being and energy levels.
  3. Medication: Prescribing medications to manage specific symptoms.
  4. Nutritional Supplements: Recommending supplements to address potential deficiencies and support immune function.
  5. Physical Therapy: Developing a tailored exercise program to improve physical function without exacerbating fatigue.
  6. Alternative Therapies: Exploring alternative treatments such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and mindfulness meditation to relieve symptoms and promote relaxation.

The Role of Functional Medicine in Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

At Angel Longevity Medical Center, we believe in the power of functional medicine to address chronic fatigue syndrome. Functional medicine is a patient-centered approach that focuses on identifying and treating the root causes of illness rather than just managing symptoms. By taking into account each patient’s unique medical history, lifestyle habits, and individual imbalances, we create personalized treatment plans that aim to restore health and vitality.

Living with chronic fatigue syndrome can be incredibly challenging, but with the right approach, it is possible to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. At Angel Longevity Medical Center, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive, personalized care for individuals suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. If you are experiencing symptoms of chronic fatigue, consider reaching out to a healthcare provider to discuss your options and start your journey towards better health.

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