ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and What to Do About It?

Updated on January 8, 2020
Lisa Jane39 profile image

I have always wanted to write but didn't know what to write. I can now write articles about what I like and I love it.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Did you know that over 1 million Americans are suffering from this debilitating illness? My mom and sister are two of these that suffer from this illness. Chronic Fatigue is defined as a chronic illness that is characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for more than 6 months. If not treated, it decreases ones concentration, memory, and energy. Women are 2 to 4 times more likely to get it than men.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS starts out with symptoms like the flu. Other symptoms include:

- joint pain that moves from spot to spot
- muscle pain
- poor concentration
- loss of memory
- enlarged lymph nodes
- headaches
- chills
- night sweats
- digestive disorders, irritable bowels syndrome (IBS)
- mood swings
- panic attacks
- anxiety
- depression
- irritability

The sad thing about CFS is that no one knows the origin. Some researchers believe that CFS is linked to Celiac Disease, food allergies, oxidative stress, viruses like HHV-6, HTLV, Epstein-Barr, measles, parovirus, cytomegalovirus, and coxsackie B.

Most doctors prescribe anti-depressants and sleeping pills for CFS. There are some doctors that believe a diet of foods rich with magnesium and potassium, vitamin B complex, acupuncture, mediation, and eliminating food allergens will be more effective then medication.

Four Steps to Overcoming Cfs

Step 1: Increase Vitamin B intake

Vitamin B6 helps supporta healthy immune system, prevents, and relieves fatigue.

Vitamin B12 helps the methylation process that is the key to many CFS symptoms like low energy, depression, and poor memory.

B Complex works together to support vitality, hormone production, and healthy metabolic functioning.

Step 2: Increase Potassium and Magnesium Intake

Potassium helps prevent muscle cramps, fatigue, irritability and is responsible for the balance in the body.

Magnesium reverses the deficiency but balances mood, reduces pain, and energy levels.

Step 3: Eliminate Food Sensitivities and Allergens

One should take an IgG test which will let you know what foods to remove or allergens that could cause an inflammation or reactions related to fatigue.

83% of the people who did an anti-candida diet felt a decline in their fatigue symptoms.

Step 4: Peace and Relax

Avoid stimulates like caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco as this can cause restlessness.

Do relaxation techniques like deep breathing, massage therapy, meditation, yoga, and muscle relaxing techniques.

Take a vacation to prevent burn out and to relieve stress with family, friends, or yourself.


Rest at least once a week

Sleep, having a regular bedtime routine will help with the fatigue.

Social Support, talk with your family, and friends to build a stronger relationship with them that will last a life time.

12 Things to Reduce Chronic Fatigue

1). Get rid of inflammatory foods like sugar, friend foods, and processed meat but add fish and olive
oil to your diet.

2). Stay hydrated because when you are dehydrated it can make your fatigue worse.

3). Keep a food journal to track your feelings and what you ate each day. This helps when you go to
the doctors.

4). Don't cut out everything unless you talk to your doctor.

5). By experimenting with your diet, you will know what foods make you better and what makes it

6). Limit your caffeine intake.

7). Try smaller meals throughout the day.

8). Pay attention to your sugar intake. Eat berries with plain unsweetened yogurt instead of eating
food with refine sugar.

9). Eat more vegetables throughout the day.

10). Don't eat processed foods.

11). Eat healthy fats.

12). Plan your meals ahead of time and make them when you can.

Five Foods to Avoid With Cfs

1). Hydrogenated oils

2). White rice and pasta

3). fried foods

4). Added sugar

5). Caffeine

8 Home Remedies to Try

1). Valerian Root- take as a tea or supplement since its considered to be a natural anti-depressant

2). Licorice Extract- considered to be anti-inflammatory, take as a supplement or tea

3). Siberian Ginseng

4). Plant based supplements

5). Ginkgo Biloba

6). Melatonin

7). Fatty Acids

8). Coenzyme Q10

Do you think Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is real?

See results

My Mom's Experience With Cfs

All of my life, I remember my mother being tired. She would get up in the morning and still be tired throughout the day and take naps in the afternoon. My mom was diagnosed with CF when she was 34 years old. She was diagnosed with CF just after getting over mono. The doctors never prescribed any medication for her. They did give her a paper stating what CF was like a background of the syndrome. They just gave her that paper and told her nothing about what to do about it. Nowadays, there are things people with CF can do and take for it. Since I love to do research, I did some research on what my mom can do for it. The sad thing is that some doctors don't believe in Chronic Fatigue. My mom has been fighting tiredness for years but it doesn't stop her from living a full life. She just takes naps when she really gets tired.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)