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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is the main common type of chronic disease. Chronic fatigue syndrome has symptoms like flu diseases such as swollen lymph glands, headaches, sore throat and muscle pain or fever. It can be developed after any infection such as viral syndrome and cold.

Healthy people are also affected by this disease. They may feel weakness, extreme fatigue, headaches, and problem in concentration, muscles or lymph nodes and severe pain in joints. Mostly women are affected by chronic fatigue syndrome.

Signs and symptoms:

Signs and symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome are just like to influenza symptoms.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Sore throat
  • Muscle soreness
  • Headache such as migraine headache
  • Exhaustion after exercise
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Painful lymph nodes
  • Pain in joints which move from one joint to another joint
  • Not sleep well
  • Pain in chest, ear and jaw.
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Difficulty in heart beat
  • Nausea and weight loss

Causes of chronic fatigue syndrome:

  • Decrease hypoglycemia
  • Virus infection such as HPV
  • Low blood pressure
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Weak immune system
  • Family history of allergies

When to seek medical advice

Fatigue is the main symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome, but it can be a signs of other health problems such as psychological disorders. A patient who has severe fatigue, immediately go to the doctor for medical advice.


Exclusion is the base of a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome. Generally, there is no test, method or laboratory procedure to determine the chronic fatigue syndrome.


  • Restrictions in lifestyle
  • Adverse reactions and side effects of medications.
  • Social isolation.
  • Missing work.
  • More and more depression.


Changes in lifestyle: your doctor will be suggested some changes in your lifestyle. You should avoid psychological stress and excessive physical exercise. You should take rest.

Treatment of psychiatric problems: Behavior therapy and medications are effective to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. Medications such as tricyclic antidepressants may help to reduce the pain. Multi-ingredient drugs such as nortriptyline and desipramine are also used to treat this disease.

Steady exercise: You should be started graduated exercise program. This exercise may improve your energy level. It can help to decrease the weakness of muscle. You can take help of physical therapist in this procedure.

Treatment of allergy: Health care provider will be recommended antihistamines such as cetirizine and fexofenadine to treat the allergy symptoms.

Treatment of severe pain: Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin will be preferred by health care provider to reduce the pain.

Treatment of hypotension: People who have chronic fatigue syndrome can be used drugs such as atenolol, fludrocortisone and midodrine to fight against hypotension.


  • You should be aware of the signs and symptoms of this disorder.
  • In case of severe pain and excessive fatigue, you should be seeking the medical advice.
  • You should reduce the stress level.
  • You should be start exercise such as swimming, walking and water aerobics.
  • You should maintain your diet chat. Take fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • You should avoid smoking and caffeine.
  • You should drink lots of water.

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