Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a very real and serious disease that often leaves sufferers feeling so tired they aren’t able to participate fully in their own lives. This feeling of being, well, chronically fatigued doesn’t go away, even with more rest. The symptoms that characterize this disorder can come and go at varying times and, can last anywhere for a month up to years.
Although experts are unsure as to the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, they know that it strikes women twice as often as men. They also caution that those at risk for developing CFS are those who are under extreme anxiety or stress. Depression and poor eating habits can also increase your chances of developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Signs of CFS
The symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:
- A low grade fever
- Sudden and severe fatigue
- Sore throat
- Frequent headaches
- Mood swings
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph glands
- Difficulty concentrating/Feeling like you’re in a “fog”
Natural Treatment for CFS
There are a number of ways to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and since you’re the one who has to live with it, you’re the one who should be calling the shots when it comes to your health. There are a variety of prescription and over the counter medications used in the treatment of CFS. Anti-inflammatories and antidepressants are two of the most commonly prescribed medications for CFS patients. However, there are a number of ways to complement or even replace the medication that’s frequently prescribed for this syndrome. Talk to your doctor about whether the following natural treatments might be able to give you some relief:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Yoga stretches
You may also want to incorporate lifestyle changes like beginning an appropriate exercise routine, reducing your stress levels and understanding your limitations. It can be difficult for many Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers to ask for the time that they need. Just because your symptoms aren’t easily seen doesn’t mean that they’re not there. If you had an obvious disability you’d make sure your needs were met. CFS symptoms are just as real as any other disease’s.
Treating CFS Symptoms with Chiropractic Care
Your chiropractic team is an excellent resource for managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms. Keeping the spine healthy allows the rest of your body to heal and grow stronger. Furthermore, adjustments may be able to relieve your pain and boost your energy level.
Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is never going to be any fun, but there are natural ways to manage the disease and increase your sense of wellbeing. Talk to your chiropractic team today to find out how they can help you uncover a stronger, healthier you.
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