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

World Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day

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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