“You’re just tired. Everybody gets tired.” Those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have a hard load to carry. They suffer from a disease which saps their energy and live in a society where CFS is often ignored or looked at with suspicion. Those who suffer from “invisible” diseases, where the illness isn’t immediately obvious to onlookers, have the double indignity of coping with a chronic disease while being treated like hypochondriacs.
Symptoms of CFS
Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms include:
- Sudden, severe fatigue
- Muscle and joint pain
- Low grade fever
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Inability to concentrate
- Mood disruption
Causes of CFS
No one is exactly sure what causes chronic fatigue syndrome, but experts believe that it may be due to an undiscovered virus. What is known is that those who experience extreme levels of stress, anxiety and flu-like illness are at increased risk of developing the disease.
Typical Treatment for CFS
Chronic fatigue syndrome is generally treated with prescription drugs. Anti-inflammatory medications are often prescribed for the swollen joints that frequently accompany this ailment and pain medication is sometimes necessary. Antidepressants are frequently used to treat the depression symptoms that many sufferers cope with.
Alternative Treatments for CFS
This disease is one that responds well to alternative therapies. If you suffer from CFS, you may benefit from talking to your primary care provider about incorporating the following treatments. They are almost all complementary to traditional medical care, which means a CFS sufferer can typically continue their normal care with no trouble. Alternative CFS treatments include:
- Vitamin therapy. Many CFS sufferers claim that various vitamins and minerals help alleviate the pain and fatigue that accompany this disease
- Talk therapy. While it cannot take away the pain, talking with others can help relieve the frustration of this stressful disease. Both one on one and group therapy are good choices for CFS sufferers.
- Meditation and yoga. Meditation is a great way to cope with the mental difficulties of CFS, while yoga helps to stretch the body gently, and improves range of motion.
- Dietary changes. Cutting out sugar, caffeine or red meat have been shown to reduce fatigue in some chronic fatigue sufferers. A diet that’s high in fruits, vegetables and raw foods is a good place to start for CFS relief.
- Chiropractic care and massage. Some chiropractors report that spinal manipulation may be able to reduce pain and boost energy for individuals with this condition. Likewise, massage can reduce stress-related symptoms and improve circulation. Both methods are very beneficial for increasing an overall sense of well-being.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a tough diagnosis and one that can take over your entire life if you let it. Talk to your chiropractic team for suggestions on how to manage your symptoms and reclaim your life.
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