70% of those suffering from Chronic Fatigue, also have Fibromyalgia. 50% of those individuals also have Irritable Bowel/Bladder Syndrome. And, everyone suffering from CFS also has food sensitivities.
Symptoms of CFS include impaired memory function or concentration, brain fog, sore throat, tender lymph nodes, muscle pain, multi-joint pain without swelling or redness, a 'different' type of headache, extreme sensitivity to medications and chemicals, dizziness or vertigo, not feeling rested after sleeping and/or malaise that lasts more than 24 hours after exerting yourself. This exertion could anything from climbing a flight of stairs to washing a load of dishes.
Chronic Fatigue is often called by other names, such as CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome), ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, which is often associated with swollen lymph nodes in the throat and basically means having to do with the 'muscle' and 'head'), Yuppie Flu and PVFS (Post Virus Fatigue Syndrome).
Chronic Fatigue is considered to be a condition following any of several different stressors, such as a death in the family, employment problems, an accident or trauma. Chronic Fatigue becomes a syndrome when there are many symptoms that do not disappear, or disappear and then come back, for more than 6 months at a time. The onset of fatigue that comes with CFS can reduce daily activities in previously healthy and active people.
Possible Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue may be associated with viral infection, such as Epstein Bar Virus (having a history of Mononucleosis), Viral Meningitis, Viral Hepatitis, severe Flu, Chicken Pox, severe or recurrent Herpes and other severe illnesses.
EMFs (electromagnetic energy fields)
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
pH imbalance (too much acid in body fluids)
Spiritual/Psychological causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: There is a certain amount of resistance to something in your life. Perhaps you are not happy, or have no love, for your current situation, relationship or work. Boredom and lack of direction could be part of the picture.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as an Immune System Response to Stress
CFS sufferers start to recover from an initial cause (virus, bacteria, surgery, etc.) and then, when they are emotionally or physically stressed, the symptoms recur. This makes for a disheartening cycle of recovery and flare-ups. There is a very complex interaction between the neurological, endocrine (lots and lots of body chemicals, including hormones) and immune system. These complex interactions are effected by physical and emotional stress, and illness.
In those with ME, which is a little different than CFS, but included under CFS's umbrella, there are abnormalities in the central nervous system including the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain responsible for regulating sleep, temperature and appetite.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia Syndrome are Similar
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FS) often overlap. In many cases it can be a struggle to figure out which you are dealing with, as symptoms are similar. In fact, Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) also have the same symptoms, with ME listing a few more symptoms that Fibromyalgia usually does not have, but may. However, Fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed and may actually be Mayofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS).
One thing is certain. With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it is the fatigue that rules and with Fibromyalgia Syndrome it is the pain that makes one tired, and often depressed. In both instances, the muscles do not react to exertion normally. The person with CFS, FS or MPS has very limited muscle energy (largely due to lactic acid build-up and/or oxygen deprivation). Once their bit of energy has expired, that is it. They have to rest and recharge, if they can. There is just no more to give.
When Being Highly Sensitive Hurts the Highly Sensitive Person
Natural remedies and alternative therapies are included in this e-book for the following symptoms and syndromes: