Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgia encephalomyelitis (ME) is a condition that causes significant long term fatigue and other symptoms such as muscle aches and pains. Physical 7 rehabilitation Medicine is an effective method to help reduce the problems you are experiencing that are associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. Our multidisciplinary rehabilitation specialists can provide you with a comprehensive assessment and treatment program that is specific to you.
The causes of chronic fatigue syndrome / ME are generally unknown although it is thought to be triggered off by a viral infection of some sort such as glandular fever or the influenza virus. Other factors that may contribute to the onset of chronic fatigue syndrome include:
- Viral infection
- Inherited gene
- Emotional / stress
- Traumatic experience
Aggravating factors of chronic fatigue syndrome include:
- Poor diet
- Recurring infections
- Too little exercise
- Too much exercise
What is chronic fatigue syndrome / ME?
With chronic fatigue syndrome, you will experience long term and persistent fatigue. The fatigue will impact significantly on your everyday activities and you will feel both mentally and physically tired. The fatigue will be different from regular tiredness and it will not be eased with sleep or rest. The fatigue will be made worse on exertion with longer recovery times after certain activities.
Additionally, other symptoms include:
- Mental difficulties – poor concentration, poor memory and disorientation
- Insomnia – sleeping difficulties such as disrupted sleep, early waking and inability to fall asleep
- Muscle and joint pains
- Headaches and migraines
- Sore throat
- Dizziness, nausea and palpitations
Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by severe and long term tiredness which does not improve after sleep or rest. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is also termed as myalgia encephalomyelitis (ME). Myalgia means muscle pain and encephalomyelitis means inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
CFS / ME is a long term debilitating disease and can affect any age group but most commonly affects people in their 40s and 50s. Additionally, CFS / ME is more common in women than men. Chronic fatigue syndrome can affect people in a variety of different ways and can vary hugely in severity. The condition can impact significantly on people’s everyday lives and can result in serious disability. In some cases, however, people are still able to work or study, although people need to rest adequately which results in reduced leisure activities and hobbies.