Chronic fatigue syndrome is a mysterious disease and it is a form of fatigue that has no apparent explanation. Generally if prolonged fatigue lasts for six months or more and brings with it cognitive related problems such as trouble focusing on tasks or difficulties with short-term memory then chronic fatigue syndrome is likely to be seriously considered as the cause.
If a person has suffered with chronic fatigue over a period of six months or more and it is severe and all other types of health conditions have been ruled out then doctors often zero in on CFS. Here are some things to keep in mind when trying to cope with this condition:
1) Have a warm bath. Run the bath water to be around body temperature. You can check this by putting a dry hand in the water and the water feels neither hot nor cold. Run it so that you can submerge your shoulders in it as well and this relaxing bath can benefit.
2) Relax with some meditating yoga. It may sound like a weird piece of advice when chronic fatigue is your problem, but relaxing with Yoga has been seen as very beneficial to people with Chronic Fatigue. Concentrating, meditating and focused breathing all help, plus it is a gentle form of exercise, which is also beneficial.
3) Gentle exercises are a good thing. Going for gentle walks or even a few minutes on a work out machine or an exercise bike is a good thing. It is all about doing it gently and carefully in order to build stamina without taxing the body too much. Do with a personal trainer or other fitness professional who can help you find out what your correct level is.
4) Sugar can be contributing to making chronic fatigue worse so try to cut out as much sugar and sweeteners as possible from your diet. Pay attention to the food labels as well as certain things you may think of as health is in fact laced in sugar. (Muesli is the typical example with some brands having as much as 30 percent sugar content)
5) Yeast based products like breads, cakes and so on can contribute to making chronic fatigue worse. Cutting down on wheat and other yeast products is a step you can take for about 14 days to see if your symptoms improve. If they do, then continue to avoid these products, and if they dont you can re introduce them; although a healthy diet is always beneficial.
6) Did you know that individuals who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome often react negatively to environmental agents such as chemicals, odors, perfumes, cigarette smoke, toxins, and pesticides, et cetera and they are often very sensitive to a variety of sounds, sensations, and temperatures? Sensitivity to a variety of medications is also common with CFS sufferers.
7) Chronic fatigue syndrome is not an easy disease to diagnose by any means. There is no one official test that can conclusively prove that an individual is suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.
8) Chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers are particularly sensitive to other infections so consider taking some Echinacea to boost the immune system before any infections take hold.
9) There are many alternative treatment methods that claim to help people with Chronic fatigue Syndrome. You should consider looking into them until you find one that works for you, but make sure you dont spend all your money thinking you can find a miracle cure. Lifestyle and diet choices play a part and if you dont make sure those are at an optimum, any therapy is unlikely to have a lasting effect.
10) If you want to consider herbal remedies then try licorice. It is beneficial for CFS sufferers although best avoided if you have high blood pressure. You need to take 300 milligrams three times a day.
11) Those who practice Ayurveda medicine believe that chronic fatigue syndrome can be managed sufficiently because it seeks to improve how the digestive process works as well as to get rid of toxins and allergies from the body.
12) Good exercise and a regular routine to get out and about is very important because it increases circulation which will help increase your oxygen intake and bring more Ã¢â‚¬Å“freshÃ¢â‚¬Â blood to more parts of the body faster. Exercising if you have chronic fatigue also helps lift the mood as it releases endorphins and fights off depression.
13) For those who are not used to exercise start with something light such as walking for 20 to 30 minutes per day and then work up to more. For those who already exercise on a regular basis, keep it up. Try to vary the types of exercises you do so you will not get bored and give physical activity up all together.
14) Did you know that a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome can only be made conclusively after a series of tests has been done on the patient? Be aware however that if a person has been suffering from unexplained and prolonged fatigue for a period of six months or longer then CFS is likely to blame.
15) Chronic fatigue or prolonged fatigue which it really is in this instance, is a factor in literally hundreds of different kinds of illnesses and therefore isolating the one trait that makes this disease that of chronic fatigue syndrome is not easy for doctors and healthcare practitioners.