This World Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day, Let’s Fight Fatigue!!

World Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day

12th May, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing has been designated as World Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day. She probably suffered from fatiguing illness resembling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or fibromyalgia. The aim of the day is to spread awareness about this medical condition and its causes, symptoms, and cure.

What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a chronic illness characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for more than six months, it affects day to day living and isn’t relieved by sleep or rest.

  • CFS is also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)
  • It can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition
  • Cause of this syndrome is also unknown

Diagnosis

  • Rule out other possible causes
  • Reviewing medical history and medications
  • Physical and mental status examination
  • No lab test, brain scan or blood test can diagnose CFS

Symptoms

Individuals have been fatigued for 6+months and have at least 4-5 of the following symptoms:

  • 1.Extreme tiredness (fatigued)
  • 2. Not feeling refreshed after sleeping
  • 3.Forgetfulness
  • 4.Muscle aches and muscle weakness
  • 5.Joint pain
  • 6.Mild fever
  • 7. Headaches
  • 8.Soar throat and lymph nodes
  • 9.Irritability
  • 10. intolerance to light, loud noise, alcohol and certain foods

Who Does Commonly Affects CFS

1.Age

  • Most commonly affects people in their 30’s and 40’s
  • Less common in children

2.Sex

  1. CFS occurs 4 times more often in females as compared to males

3.Lifestyle

  • People who are overweight and inactive and more likely to develop CFS
  • Stressed person

4.Work Environment

  • Individuals with sedentary lifestyle
  • Stressed working environment
  • Odd working hours

Diseases That Are Often Confused With CFS Due To Similar Symptoms:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme disease
  • Gulf War Syndrome
  • Gluten intolerance
  • Post-polio syndrome
  • Vitamin B-12 Deficiency
  • Multiple chemical sensitivities

Treatment

  • Reduce Stress
  • Improve Sleeping Habits
  • Avoid Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine
  • Exercise
  • Rest
  • Social Support

With a lot of working population employers must consider making ‘reasonable adjustments’ to employment practices and premises so less people are affected with CFS.

  • Alteration to working hours
  • Flexible working
  • Changing tasks or the pace of work to avoid exacerbating the condition
  • Allowing for reasonable time off
  • Changing the layout of the workspace (e.g. desk)
  • More frequent breaks

Now! Is the time to take your foot forwards towards a more healthy lifestyle and begin your #fightagainstfatique

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