What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Unlike ordinary fatigue which occurs every now and then, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) stands for a far more serious condition. Having CFS means you may have weakness of muscles, cognitive deterioration ( "Brain Fog") and / or poor memory, problems in your digestive systems, hypersensitivity to various things and more.
Even worse, often people who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome find that they can not deal with life's daily issues. Often, they are simply too tired. This normally manifests as an extremely powerful mental and physical exhaustion that is not relieved by rest or sleep. In order to be clinically diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a person needs to exhibit these symptoms for at least 6 months.
As someone who suffers from this condition for nearly two years, I can say: until you have this illness, you will not understand how debilitating it is to constantly be tired and not to be able to ever feel refreshed. It completely changes your life, to the point of changing who you feel you are. Even worse, is that it appears people generally do not seem to "get it", and I found myself having to make up excuses why I am unfocused, or tired, or sound confused.
There are many theories as to how and why Chronic Fatigue Syndrome occurs; however, this condition is far from being well understood. Personally, I believe that there is a great number of illnesses that can result in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and often they are all classified under one diagnosis: CFS. After all, if one's immune system is chronically compromised, he can become chronically fatigued … and there are so many reasons how an immune system can get to that state.
Consequently, there many potential treatments to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Some may work for certain people while they would not for others. Personally speaking (again) I can say I never completely got over my CFS. However, after visiting several doctors and undergoing various treatments, I can say my situation has been greatly improved. Each doctor has suggested treatments (oddly, often quite different). Some worked, some did not. But the overall result is that I do feel somewhat better. And that's a lot.