What is CFS?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is the common names for a group of significantly debilitating medical conditions characterised by persistent fatigue and other specific symptoms that lasts for a minimum of six months in adults, and 3 months in children or adolescents. The fatigue and lack of energy is not due to exertion, not significantly relieved by rest, and is not caused by other medical conditions. CFS is very similar to ME.
Although fatigue is a common symptom in many illnesses, CFS is comparatively rare. National health organisations have estimated approximately a quarter of a million people in the UK are sufferers, and more than one million Americans. CFS and ME occur more often in women than men, and are less prevalent among children and adolescents.
Anyone can get CFS and it can range from mild to severe, having a detrimental impact on quality of life. In severe cases, people are unable to perform everyday tasks such as making a cup of tea.
What causes it?
Exactly what causes is unknown, but there are different theories about the origins of the illness e.g. some experts think that Glandular Fever is a trigger, whilst others believe that certain types of bacteria can bring on the symptoms. It has also been associated with trauma events, hormone imbalances, and generalized problems with the immune system.
What are the symptoms?
These are some of the symptoms of this complex condition:
- Difficulty sleeping & tiredness after exertion
- Disturbed and unrefreshing sleep
- Widespread muscle and joint pain, worse after exertion
- Sore throat
- Headaches, not like those previously experienced
- Cognitive difficulties e.g. difficulty thinking
How can it be treated?
There isn’t a specific treatment programme for this disease, most patients manage their symptoms by changing how they think and behave until the symptoms ease. SoeMac has been shown to help people with CFS to improve their sleep and energy levels.