If you've been experiencing severe exhaustion that's lasted longer than six months, you may be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). If left unchecked, CFS could not only leave you at a loss for energy; it could begin to diminish your quality of life.
In addition to the obvious symptom from which chronic fatigue gets its name, there are other symptoms doctors look for when trying to make a diagnosis:
There are multiple causes of chronic fatigue, including:
There are multiple options for treating CFS, depending upon the reason(s) the person has CFS, their symptoms and complaints, and their personal preferences for treatment avenues. Some patients are willing to use both conventional (pharmaceutical) therapies along with natural approaches, while some prefer non-pharmaceutical approaches whenever possible.
The treatment of CFS must be tailored to the patient. Almost always the treatment involves optimizing sleep quality, addressing nutritional deficiencies and gastrointestinal disturbances, resolving neurotransmitter imbalances, diagnosing toxicities, and dealing with psycho-social issues and stressors.