Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Topics: Herpesviridae, Virus, Chronic fatigue syndrome Pages: 2 (536 words) Published: June 4, 2008
In America today, it seems like everyone goes at a rapid pace without an end in sight. People pack two days worth of activities and errands into one, work more hours, and spend less time relaxing and just getting away than ever before. Many would argue that this ever busy lifestyle is from always being connected (through cell phones, text messaging, voicemail, email, etc.) and never making the separation from work and play. That is why a growing disease in today's culture is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), at about half a million people in America alone.

Currently, the exact cause is unknown because there is no lab test, scan, or blood test that diagnoses CFS. It was once believed that this disease was closely linked with Epstein-Barr because of its similar symptoms but that was ruled out and according to the Center for Disease Control website "It now seems clear that CFS is not caused exclusively by any single recognized infectious disease agent." While the cause isn't precise, the symptoms are and they include: *severe, chronic fatigue for at least 6 months or longer that is not alleviated by rest, with other known medical conditions having been excluded by a doctor's diagnosis four or more of the following symptoms: -forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating

-sore throat
-tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpit
-muscle pain or multi-joint pain without swelling
-headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity
-unrefreshing sleep and vague feelings of illness or depression -after exerting oneself, lasting more than 24 hours following exertion -tiredness that lasts longer than 24 hours
(taken from kidshealth.org)

Unfortunately, there is no one treatment for CFS or even a cure. However, many treatment options are available to those who suffer. First, lifestyle change is essential to the process. Common treatments are reducing stress, implementing a regular diet and exercise program, and professional therapy. More advanced treatment...
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