How Do I Know If I Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

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Once upon a time, if you looked in the encyclopedia, you wouldn’t have seen any reference to chronic fatigue syndrome because it didn’t exist. People who actually suffered from it were told that it was all in their mind and made to feel like they were crazy. Fortunately, that was a long time ago. Today, while we don’t know what causes it and don’t have a cure for it, we do know it exists. Question is, how do YOU know if you have it? This article will try to give you some answers.

The hard part about diagnosing CFS is that many of the symptoms are also common to other illnesses such as headache, fatigue, joint pain, forgetfulness, confusion, irritability, lymph node tenderness, mild fever, muscle aches, muscle weakness and sort throat. Any of these symptoms can be caused by a number of other problems. Therefore, it is important to eliminate the other possibilities first before a diagnosis of CFS can be made. And that’s not always easy.

However, once the other possibilities have been eliminated and a diagnosis is made, it’s important to begin treatment for this illness immediately. While there is no cure, there are things you can do, most of which are lifestyle changes. It’s important to remain active, exercise regularly and get out of the house when you can as depression is one of the common side effects of this illness, mostly from wondering what the actual problem is.

There are some theories, though not proven, as to what causes CFS. One of them is that it is caused by a virus such as Epstein-Barr or a herpes virus. However, this is just a theory and so far no specific virus has been identified as a cause.

Another theory is that CFS may be caused by an inflammation along the nervous system that may be some sort of immune response similar to what happens to people who suffer from MS.

And then of course there is always age, any prior illnesses, stress, diet, environment and even genetics to consider. Research is still being done in this area.

For more information on this very real disease, please check out the link in my signature. There is help available.