Chronic fatigue syndrome is a terrible condition. First of all, most adults from time to time feel fatigued so it is hard to know if we are simply tired due to life or being ill or if we have chronic fatigue syndrome. Secondly, health care professionals simply cannot make a chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosis with a single test; instead, medical professionals need to test and rule out a list of other conditions before they can be confident that a patient is suffering from the syndrome.
How you can self diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome
You can be pretty sure that you are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome if sleeping and resting does not provide you any respite from your incessant tiredness. If this describes you, visit your healthcare provider or a well-being clinic to get a professional diagnosis.
In addition to feeling fatigued, often times extremely so, all the time, the other recognized symptoms of this syndrome are muscle pain, sore throats, headaches, inability to concentrate or remember, swollen lymph nodes, and unexplained joint pain that travels from joint to joint.
Causes of chronic fatigue syndrome
There is no concrete agreement on what causes this syndrome. However, many medical professionals feel that it is probably brought about by a variety of causes such as stress, viruses, hormonal imbalances, and other triggers that weaken the body.
Treating chronic fatigue syndrome
While there is no single treatment that will cure anyone of chronic fatigue syndrome, there is plenty people can do to fight the symptoms.
The first step to battling the syndrome is making sure you are not doing anything that aggravates it. Start living a healthier life. For example, if you survive each day on rivers of coffee, stop it. If you are depressed, start spending more time outside in the sunlight, a natural antidepressant, and talk with your healthcare provider about antidepressants.
Also, straighten up your diet and, if need be, go in for intravenous therapy which will give you an immediate boost thanks to how quickly the IV therapy tops off the stores of minerals and vitamins in your body. Finally, create a sleeping schedule and stick to it whether you are sleepy or not.
Karen Eisenbraun is a certified holistic nutrition consultant and writer with a background in digital marketing. She has written extensively on the topics of nutrition and holistic health for many leading websites.
Karen received her nutrition certification from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in 2012. She follows a ketogenic diet and practices intermittent fasting. Karen advocates a whole foods approach to nutrition and believes in empowering yourself with information that allows you to make smarter decisions about your health.