Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
With chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) you just feel endlessly tired all the time without having taken any exercise or having anything else which would normally make you feel totally exhausted. It has other fancy medical names like myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), post-viral fatigue syndrome(PVFS), chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). It tends to start quite suddenly after a ‘flu’ like illness and usually CSF is not diagnosed until you have been really tired all the time for over six months.
What causes it?
No one knows for certain.
What else goes with it?
You may get a whole lot of other things with CFS like pain in your muscles and joints, a general overall feeling of weakness, and headaches, as well as chronic mental and physical exhaustion.
How do you know if you have got it?
The trouble is there are an awful lot of things which makes one feel exhausted all the time – like being got at by your parents, being teased at school etc, etc. Although CFS is more common in grownups, and more common in women than men, it can occur in children and adolescents. So if you feel very tired all the time and cannot see any good reason for it, it might be worth you going to see your family doctor and getting checked out.
Can it be treated?
Some people never really fully recover from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. However both ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ (CBT) and ‘Graded Exercise Therapy’ have both been shown to have an improving effect in some people.