Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating disorder characterized by extreme fatigue or tiredness that doesn’t go away with rest and can’t be explained by an underlying medical condition. CFS can also be referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).

The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, although there are many theories — ranging from viral infections to psychological stress. Some experts believe chronic fatigue syndrome might be triggered by a combination of factors.

There’s no single test to confirm a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome. You may need a variety of medical tests to rule out other health problems that have similar symptoms. Treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome focuses on symptom relief.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
  • Unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise

Causes

People who have chronic fatigue syndrome appear to be hypersensitive to even normal amounts of exercise and activity.

Why this occurs in some people and not others is still unknown. Some people may be born with a predisposition for the disorder, which is then triggered by a combination of factors. Potential triggers include:

  • Viral infections. Because some people develop chronic fatigue syndrome after having a viral infection, researchers question whether some viruses might trigger the disorder. Suspicious viruses include Epstein-Barr virus, human herpesvirus 6 and mouse leukemia viruses. No conclusive link has yet been found.
  • Immune system problems. The immune systems of people who have chronic fatigue syndrome appear to be impaired slightly, but it’s unclear if this impairment is enough to actually cause the disorder
  • Hormonal imbalances. People who have chronic fatigue syndrome also sometimes experience abnormal blood levels of hormones produced in the hypothalamus, pituitary glands or adrenal glands. But the significance of these abnormalities is still unknown.

Risk factors

Factors that may increase your risk of chronic fatigue syndrome include:

  • Age. Chronic fatigue syndrome can occur at any age, but it most commonly affects people in their 40s and 50s.
  • Sex. Women are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome much more often than men, but it may be that women are simply more likely to report their symptoms to a doctor.
  • Stress. Difficulty managing stress may contribute to the development of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Complications

Possible complications of chronic fatigue syndrome include:

  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Lifestyle restrictions
  • Increased work absences

Benefits of Massage Chronic Fatigue Syndrome- CFS

Massage is one of the most recommended types of alternative therapies to treat the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. … A massage is also a good option for patients with CFS who are not well enough to exercise because physical manipulations of the skin and muscles help promote good circulation.

Fatigue is an ailment that probably every person has experienced at one time or another.  Although common, it is not always a cause for concern since it often goes away after some rest and relaxation.  The problem is that fatigue can be a symptom of a disorder known as CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  People who suffer from CFS frequently complain of extended periods of extreme fatigue with seemingly no perceivable cause or reason.

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include prolonged and unexplained feelings of tiredness, muscle and joint pain, headaches, sore throat, insomnia, painful lymph nodes, forgetfulness, and impaired mental functions.  Although the disorder is experienced by both sexes, it is more common among women aged 40 to 50.  Over one million people are estimated to have this disorder in the U.S. alone.  To this day, there is no known cure for it, although symptoms can be treated.

Massage is one of the most recommended types of alternative therapies to treat the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  It has proven beneficial and effective for some patients in minimizing anxiety and restlessness and in improving sleep quality.  A massage is also a good option for patients with CFS who are not well enough to exercise because physical manipulations of the skin and muscles help promote good circulation.

Another common massage technique used for the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is deep tissue massage.  This technique targets the muscle tissues, which are located several layers below the skin surface.  Deep tissue massage utilizes increased pressure and slower movements in order to stimulate the capillaries found in the soft tissues.  It is also very effective in improving blood circulation.

Probably one of the most elusive aspects of massage therapy, when used to treat chronic fatigue, is its intangible effect on the overall feeling of well-being of the patient.  When used with the right techniques, massage can be very helpful as means to treat the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and improve the physical and mental state of the patient.  It can also be used to complement other treatments involving TCM, such as acupuncture and herbal remedies.

Further Reading

https://www.webmd.com/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/default.htm

https://medlineplus.gov/chronicfatiguesyndrome.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-fatigue-syndrome

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/chronic_fatigue_syndrome/article_em.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_fatigue_syndrome

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider.
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