Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) seems to be more and more common. But what is this condition? Is it the same as fibromyalgia? Is it more than just being tired all the time? Where does it originate? These are questions that are often asked when someone is diagnosed with CFS.
Chronic fatigue is known for extreme tiredness enhanced by both mental and physical activity. No amount of sleep or rest is able to alleviate the fatigue. Although no definite cause has been agreed upon, some feel that psychological stress can bring it about or it may be caused by a viral infection.
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are not the same. They are, however, very similar. In fact, if the same person visits two doctors – one may diagnose her with chronic fatigue while the other may give a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. There is no test that will deny or confirm the existence of either condition. Therefore, all other conditions with similar characteristics need to be ruled out.
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How Does One Know if it Is Chronic Fatigue?
A diagnosis is based on a similar list to the one below. Four of the criteria must be met during a 6 month period. Those in their teens and younger can be diagnosed after just 3 months.
- Muscle pain – myalgia
- Joint pain – arthralgia
- Waking up tired
- Visual problems or eye pain
- Reduced activity due to extreme exhaustion
- Chills and/or night sweats
- Emotional issues: mood swings, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or irritability
- Brain fog
- Frequent sore throats
- Dizziness, vertigo, or disequilibrium
- Abnormal headaches that become severe
- Poor cognitive function – loss of memory or problems concentrating
- Bowel and bladder issues – IBS, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, bloating
A Potential Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
There is evidence that chronic fatigue is linked to changes in cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that regulates a huge number of things within the body. Low cortisol levels may be caused by a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae that is hindering the function of the nervous system. At Precision Chiropractic West, we use a gentle technique that realigns these bones naturally, often bringing a significant reduction or end to many of the symptoms noted above.
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