CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME: WHY AND HOW YOU NEED TO OVERCOME IT
Have you ever gone distant from your friends, families, and loved ones simply because you feel you lack the strength to keep up with conversations or bonding with them? Are you flooded with anger, anxiety or guilt when tiredness kicks in? Lack of enthusiasm to carry out day to day activities might not necessarily be as a result of laziness, if you feel constantly tired after taking part in mild activities for a long period of time( approximately 6 months), it’s time to visit a doctor.
While it is quite normal to feel exhausted, and burnt out after taking part in some daily activities, getting tired regularly might be a symptom of something worse. For most people, tiredness might be traced to a subtle cause while in a few others, it might be due to a more complex reason. One of the reasons why you may feel tired regularly is because you might be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, about 1 million Americans are suffering from Chronic Fatigue.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a disorder that causes severe fatigue whose root cause cannot be traced. This complicated disorder is further aggravated by mental or physical activity which do not usually improve even after the individual might have rested. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is also popularly referred to as Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID).
WHAT CAUSES CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME?
The etiology of chronic fatigue is complex, however, some professionals believe that it might be due to quite a number of factors. While a few experts believe that chronic fatigue syndrome is caused by viral infections, some others believed that it is caused by mental stress.
One of the ways to know if you are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome is to check if you experience unexplainable tiredness after taking part in mild exercises or physical activity. It is also good to have at the back of your mind that not everyone affected with chronic fatigue syndrome will experience this.
WHAT CAN TRIGGER CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME?
Immune system disorder
RISK FACTORS THAT CAN PREDISPOSE YOU TO CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
The risk factors that can predispose you to chronic fatigue syndrome are both modifiable and non-modifiable. These are the most common factors that can put you at risk of chronic fatigue syndrome;
Your probability of developing CFS is higher if you are female than if you are male, studies claim that the results are so because women are more likely to report any strange symptom to their physicians than their male counterparts.
While it is true that you can experience CFS at any time of your life, the risks are heightened if you are above 40 years of age.
If you engage in lifestyle habits or activities that leave you stressed, you might come down with symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome sooner than later.
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION IF YOU HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS
Some of us are battling with this ailment without even knowing it. The importance of alleviating the symptoms cannot be overemphasized. Failure to treat this disorder can lead to the following;
- Restriction of normal day to day activities
- Inability to socialize
- Absenteeism at work
HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE CHRONIC FATIGUE?
The following are the symptoms and signs of chronic fatigue;
- Sore throat
- Pain around the joints
- Enlargement of lymph nodes
- Decline in cognitive functions
- Night sweats
If you constantly notice that you are highly irritable, anxious or fuelled with panic attacks, you might also be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
TREATMENT OF CHRONIC FATIGUE
One of the most popular ways physicians treat chronic fatigue is by treating the symptoms of the illness rather than the root problem using sedatives and anti-depressants. More often, the side effects of these medications worsen the disorder over time.
The best way to treat Chronic Fatigue is to tow a natural path. To kiss this illness goodbye forever, do the following;
- Get rid of foods that you are sensitive and allergic to.
According to reports from the University Of Maryland Medical Center, there is a direct link between chronic fatigue syndrome and food allergy/ food sensitivity.
Individuals who are either Gluten or lactose intolerant are at a higher risk of coming down with CFS. Common allergens in food are peanuts, dairy, yeast, tree nuts and shellfish.
Go for a test to help pinpoint the exact food you are allergic to, this will help relieve symptoms of the ailment.
- Increase your intake of foods that are rich sources of B-Complex Vitamins
A report by the Journal of Royal Society of Medicine proved that there is a relationship between low B-complex vitamin stores in the body and chronic fatigue syndrome. Increasing your intakes of food rich in vitamins B6 and B12 will help keep you energized.
- Boost your intake of magnesium and potassium
Potassium and magnesium do not only play pivotal roles in many bodily functions, they have a direct link to chronic fatigue syndrome. A report released in the UK’s The Lancet showed that chronic fatigue sufferers who were treated with magnesium supplements felt better after a while.
If you suffer from this condition, consume foods like avocados, bananas, spinach, almonds and black beans. Potassium rich foods like spinach, white beans, and sweet potatoes.
- Rest and Sleep well
CFS can take its toll on you both mentally and physically. Most individuals who suffer from it experience stress, joint and muscle pains, exhaustion, a decline in brain cognition, and constant feeling of guilt.
The best way to handle this is by ensuring that you rest and sleep well when you can, dedicate at least one day of the week for rest. Take a break from High Intensity Workouts that can make you feel drained for some days.
Regular sleep is also important for individuals suffering from this condition. Individuals suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome find it quite difficult to sleep, owing to the fact that experience restless legs, nightmares, and muscle spasms.
To get a wonderful wind-down time, ensure that you disconnect every electronic gadget at least an hour before bedtime.
To facilitate sleep, use essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, jasmine and ylang ylang.
- Get rid of stimulants
Ditch that cup of coffee when the urge comes, you will thank yourself for it later.
If you observe that you have been feeling tired a lot lately, it’s time to ring your naturopathic doctor to walk you through this “dark” disorder using natural remedies that are risk-free and healthy.