Chronic Fatigue

chronic fatigue

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:

  1. Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
  2. Enlarged and painful lymph nodes in the armpits and neck
  3. Sore throat
  4. Exhaustion lasting longer than 24 hours after exercise (mental and physical)
  5. Trouble sleeping
  6. Unexplained muscle soreness
  7. Pain that moves between joints
  8. Headaches

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:

  • Bloating
  • Allergies or sensitivities to foods, alcohol, odors, chemicals, medications or noise
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Jaw pain
  • Chronic cough
  • Earache
  • Dizziness, balance problems, or fainting
  • Stiffness in the morning
  • Dry mouth
  • 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
  • Tingling sensations

To learn more about chronic fatigue, schedule an appointment with Dr. Moore or give our office a call at (210) 525-9063.

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