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

Updated on January 8, 2020
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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.

Exercise

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
worse.

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

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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.

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    • Lisa Jane39 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Jane 

      14 months ago from Washington

      Nell, if he hasn't I would take him to the doctors. I am glad that this article was useful for you.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      14 months ago from England

      Hi, I am sure my brother suffers from this. He hasn't been diagnosed but everything you have said definitely fits! I will have to check if he has been to the Docs recently. Thanks, great article!

    • Lisa Jane39 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Jane 

      15 months ago from Washington

      Thanks. It's sad that there are doctors who don't believe in it.

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      Louise Powles 

      15 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I've a friend who suffers with us. It's so awful and I really feel for her. But you've given some good tips here.

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