Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – The Fatigue of the Soul

By Deline Tan

 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – is a kind of fatigue that refers to severe, continued tiredness that is not relieved by rest, and is not directly caused by any other medical conditions. It is a kind of problem that keeps one bewildered and restless, and there is no known cure. How do you like to be in this state for the next six months, as this is as long as the problem will exist.

Imagine yourself not doing anything fruitful but you feel sloughful and lazy all day long. Work is rather impossible as you find it impossible to do anything. Your concentration level is zero, and there is really nothing that you can do about it. What then is the cause of this disease?

It has not been confirmed yet about the cause of this disease, but possibility could be due to an Opstein-Barr Virus or Humus Herpes Virus-6 (HHV-6). The long fatigue could be due to the inflammation of the nervous system because of a faulty immune system response. This may keep you down for a long time and the treatment is either medication or cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), which is a gradual exercise that may help alleviate the problem. The treatment for medication is anti-anxiety drug, which is an antidepressant drug.

Other forms of alleviating the problem are relaxation and stress-reduction techniques, which help manage chronic pain and fatigue. The relaxation techniques are deep breathing exercises, massage therapy and muscle relaxation. The culprit for this terrible disease affects mainly women between the ages of 30 to 50.

Many people with this disease suffer depression and other psychological disorder. Other symptoms are similiar to flu and viral infections, which include muscle ache, headache and extreme fatigue and tiredness. This severity will cause the person from participating in any activities, and she will also experience forgetfulness, confusion, irritability, mild fever and joint pain. Other disorders include sore throat, sore lymph nodes in the neck or under the arms.

The factors caused are due to age, stress, genetics and environmental factors. The best way to combat the fatigue is to engage in mild physical exercises, and the person is encouraged to maintain an active social life. Other forms of help are healthy diet, good sleep management techniques and regular activities like walking or jogging. It may be difficult to start these activities, but she must put in an effort to resist the laziness or fatigue.

Whatever that the person is going through suffering from chronic fatigue, the best solution is to keep herself active and engage in mild work. Motivation and help from family members and friends to lead a normal life are some of the ways to keep her going from feeling despondent and helpless. She has to do whatever that she can to fight the fatigue, and eventually she has to come out of her physical struggle. She has to stay positive to help win her battle, and slowly one step at a time, she can climb out on the other side of the fence if she were to just keep moving forward.

If may be difficult to have an attack of this terrible disease, but if the patient is not deterred to overcome the problem, she will soon come off the better of it.


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