Chronic Fatigue is often described as feeling like the flu, since it drains all of an individuals energy. If untreated, chronic fatigue can last years, and normally healthy individuals will experience multiple fatigue signs similar to those of common viral infections. However, unlike a viral infection like the flu, these symptoms can last much longer than a few days or a week. Oftentimes, chronic fatigue symptoms will disappear and reappear with no identifying pattern.
Signs Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
There are eight primary signs and/or symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome:
Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
Enlarged and painful lymph nodes in the armpits and neck
Exhaustion lasting longer than 24 hours after exercise (mental and physical)
Unexplained muscle soreness
Pain that moves between joints
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research
A group of researchers, scientists, and doctors were brought together by the Center For Disease Control (CDC) to complete a study through the International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study Group. They were to determine a specific method by which chronic fatigue syndrome could be correctly diagnosed. An individual may be diagnosed with chronic fatigue when fatigue occurs for 6 months or more, and the individual is exuding 4 out of 8 primary symptoms. However, there are additional symptoms that individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome have exhibited that are not part of the original chronic fatigue syndrome definition.
Chronic Fatigue Signs and Symptoms:
Allergies or sensitivities to foods, alcohol, odors, chemicals, medications or noise
Weight loss or weight gain
Dizziness, balance problems, or fainting
Stiffness in the morning
Shortness of breath
Chills, nausea, and night sweats
Visual disturbances including sensitivity to light, eye pain, blurring, and dry eyes
Depression, anxiety, irritability, and panic attacks
To learn more about chronic fatigue, schedule an appointment with Dr. Moore or give our office a call at (210) 525-9063.