Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: What Is It and How Can We Treat It?
Chronic fatigue can be scary and debilitating. There’s nothing more disconcerting than finding you no longer have the energy to live your normal life. It can also be embarrassing. This is not a joke: our culture says if you don’t get out of bed, you must be lazy. This condition should be treated with immense respect, as it often affects people who are far from lazy. Let’s look at some of the causes and treatments.
Causes and symptoms of chronic fatigue
Scientists are hilariously confused by chronic fatigue. Oh, so you’re supposed to be the expert, and you don’t know what really causes chronic fatigue? Excellent. Some of the factors thought to contribute, include:
- viral infections. Did you get sick and then try to carry on? Getting sick can be very inconvenient at times, but it may not be able to function in the same way when it’s trying to combat a virus. Ignoring your body’s signals may be linked with chronic fatigue. Specific viruses that have been marked as suspicious when it comes to chronic fatigue include the Epsein-Barr virus, human herpes virus 6, and mouse leukaemia viruses.
- immune system problems. The immune system of people who suffer from chronic fatigue seem to be impaired in some way, but the connection isn’t well understood.
- hormonal imbalance. The significance of the link between hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal gland issues and chronic fatigue is unknown, but some experts suggest there may be a correlation.
The symptoms you are likely to experience when you have chronic fatigue can be severe, and may involve a mixture of the following:
- Trouble remembering things or concentrating
- Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or under the arms
When you haven’t got the energy to cook, it’s easy to start feeding yourself less and less nutritious meals. Learning to get other people to help you is not easy for most people with energy issues, as they may have worked themselves self-sufficiently into this mess to begin with. Ask people to come and cook for you! Ideally someone who knows how to