Common, more than 200,000 US cases per year, in addition to all the cases that have not been diagnosed. It is chronic, lasting for years, or be a lifelong issue. Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured (as yet)
It does require a medical diagnosis, that included lab tests or imaging.
Chronic fatigue syndrome occurs more commonly in women, but the cause of this condition is unknown, but may possibly include environmental or genetic factors.
The main symptom is fatigue for over six months, which often worsens with activity, but doesn't improve with rest. Whole body: fatigue, inability to exercise, or just malaise. People may also experience, painful areas in the joints or muscles.
The cognitive affects are confusion, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, sleep issues and disturbances. Also common: anxiety or apprehension, depression, headache, muscle weakness, sensitivity to pain, or sore throat
Treatment consists of self care
Stress management: pursuing an enjoyable activity or verbalizing frustration to reduce stress and improve mental health, deep breathing, meditation, yoga, rhythmic exercise, and other activities that reduce symptoms of stress.
Support groups: a forum for counseling and sharing experiences among people with a similar condition or goal, such as depression or weight loss.
Medications: that focus on specific symptoms such as certain antidepressants that can lift you moods, and offer some pain relief.
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