To better understand chronic fatigue syndrome, let’s take a closer look at the perceived causes as well as the symptoms and treatment methods.

According to the Institute of Medicine, it's estimated that 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans live with chronic fatigue syndrome. CFS, a condition characterized by unexplainable extreme fatigue. It doesn't go away with rest, and can be worsened with too much physical and mental activity. As you can imagine, CFS is a difficult issue for those who live with it, and it's a complicated condition for those who live without it.

To better understand chronic fatigue syndrome, let's take a closer look at the perceived causes as well as the symptoms and treatment methods:

Causes
The exact cause of CFS is unknown. However, there are various factors that could be identified as triggers of the condition, according to the Mayo Clinic. Those include:

  • A viral infection. According to Heathline, CFS could be linked with Epstein-Barr virus, human herpesvirus, Ross River virus or rubella.
  • Immune system issues. Because immunity controls many major systems in the body, CFS may be caused by a poor defense system.
  • An imbalance in hormones. Abnormal blood and hormone levels produced in the hypothalamus, pituitary glands or adrenal glands may be the cause, as people with CFS also tend to have a hormone imbalance.

While the cause of CFS may be unidentifiable, there are various factors that can increase your risk. Those include age, gender and stress levels.

Nurse experiencing stress and painChronic fatigue may be caused by stress.

Symptoms
Symptoms of CFS can vary from person to person, but one thing's for sure – the most common sign is severe long-term fatigue that keeps you from going about your normal everyday activities. According to Healthline, CFS is diagnosed when the fatigue lasts six months or longer and does not seem curable by rest. Some of the other common symptoms of CFS include sore throat, loss of memory, poor concentration, enlarged lymph nodes, unexplained muscle and joint pain, severe headaches, extreme exhaustion and restless sleep.

Treatment
When it comes to treating CFS, the main goal is to mitigate the fatigue and then indirectly conquer all symptoms that follow. Consider these options for treating CFS:

Stress management. Physical and emotional overexertion can make CFS worse. Seeking help from a therapist, relaxing and light exercising are all helpful strategies for reducing fatigue.

Infusion therapy. While a wholesome diet loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients is key for healthy living, intravenous therapy guarantees that those vitamins and minerals can be easily absorbed and penetrate deeply into cells to promote and repair metabolism. At the Longevity Centres, we've concocted a treatment that's shown to be beneficial for those living with chronic fatigue syndrome. The IV contains magnesium chloride, vitamins B1, B5, B6, B Complex, C and vitamin B12 to boost energy and relieve symptoms associated with CFS.

For more information on the treatments and services we offer at the Longevity Centres of America, please contact us directly today. We look forward to helping you live your life to the fullest.