CFS Stratford - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or also called CFS is used to identify a medical illness normally defined by persistent fatigue which is accompanied by various specific symptoms. These disorders are lasting for at least 6 months, are not substantially relieved by rest, are not caused by other medical circumstances and are not due to ongoing effort. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is likewise referred to as post-viral fatigue syndrome or also referred to as PVFS and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or also referred to as ME. There are some other terms used to describe this too.
The WHO or World Health Organization classifies CFS under Nervous System diseases, although the disorder is not known. Various physiological and psychological factors can affect the development and maintenance of symptoms. At present, there is no diagnostic laboratory test or biomarker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome includes widespread joint and muscle pain, post-exertion malaise, un-refreshing sleep, cognitive difficulties, sore throat and normally severe mental and physical exhaustion. Individuals who are dealing with this condition could complain of increased sensitivities to smells, sounds and light. Other indications of CFS consist of: depression, muscle weakness, digestive disturbances respiratory and cardiac problems, and orthostatic intolerance. It is not known whether these symptoms are caused by an underlying etiology of CFS or if they represent co-morbid conditions. CFS tends to affect women rather than men. It is not common amongst children or teenagers. People who do experience CFS describe their lifestyle as "uniquely and particularly disrupted."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that in order for the definition of CFS to be used, 2 of the following criteria are fulfilled. Initially, a new onset of unexplained, consistent fatigue which is not alleviated by rest and is not related to exertion that leads to a major reduction in prior activity levels. Then, 4 or more of the following signs that last at least 6 months: muscle pain or myalgia, recurring or frequent sore throat, un-refreshing sleep, new headaches or those of greater severity, post-exertion malaise, impaired concentration or impaired memory, tender axillary or cervical lymph nodes.
The following are just a few of the common indications of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: chronic cough, brain fog, night chills and sweat, chest pain, irritable bowel, abdominal pain, nausea, bloating or diarrhoea; allergies or sensitivities to alcohol, foods, medications, chemicals or noise; visual disturbances consisting of dry eyes, sensitivity to light, blurring or eye pain; psychological problems consisting of anxiety, mood swings, depression, irritability or panic attacks.
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