Chronic Fatigue Symptoms
- What is Chronic Fatigue?
- Causes of Chronic Fatigue.
- Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue
- Conventional Treatment Options for CFS
- Nutritional Supplements that treat Chronic Fatigue
What is Chronic Fatigue?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) this is a condition characterized by the primary symptom of a prolonged, persistent debilitating fatigue, not relieved by rest and not directly caused by other conditions. In general, a diagnosis for CFS requires that the tiredness is severe enough for at least a 50% decrease in the patient’s ability to participate in ordinary activities. The Centres for Disease Control (CDC) describes CFS as a distinct disorder with specific symptoms and physical signs, based on the exclusion of other possible causes.
What causes CFS?
The exact cause of CFS is unknown. A distinct or direct cause has not been positively identified.
Some studies have shown that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be caused by inflamed nervous system pathways, Mycoplasma bacterial infection, or viral illness (such as Epstein-Barr) complicated by an inadequate or dysfunctional immune response. For some, the condition can occur following an injury, infection preceding or following surgery (e.g., peritonitis), or other traumatic body events that weakens or adversely affects the immune system. Age, environment, genetic disposition, prior illness, or stress may also be factors. Like most autoimmune illnesses, CFS most commonly occurs in women, usually ages 30 to 50.
What are the symptoms of CFS?
Many of the symptoms of CFS are similar to those associated with the flu (muscle aches, headache, and fatigue). However, unlike the flu, while with CFS these symptoms may ebb and flow, they never go away. (Imagine dealing with flu symptoms on a daily basis and you know how someone with CFS feels on a good day).
Primary symptoms include:
- New onset fatigue or tiredness that lasts for at least 6 months and is not relieved by normal rest
- Full-body fatigue serious enough to restrict normal activity that develops from far less exertion than was possible before the illness
Additional symptoms include:
- Constant headaches, different those previous in pattern, quality, or severity
- Feeling unrefreshed after normally adequate sleep
- Forgetfulness, cognitive impairment including confusion or difficulty concentrating, or irritability
- Joint pain, often moving from joint to joint (migratory arthralgias), without joint swelling or redness
- Low-grade fever (101F or less)
- Lymph node tenderness and swelling in the neck or armpit
- Muscle aches (myalgias)
- Exercise intolerance: Muscle fatigue that lasts more than 24 hours after an amount of exercise that would normally be easily tolerated
- Muscle weakness, all over or multiple locations, not explained by any known disorder
- Sore throat, red but without drainage or pus
Conventional treatment options for CFS
Once the possibility of other illness is ruled out, the patient must be informed of the syndrome, its prognosis, and its potential impact on the patient’s life. Patients are often relieved when their complaints are taken seriously. Many symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome may respond to treatment. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications relieve headache, diffuse pain, and relieve feverishness. Antihistamines and decongestants are helpful for allergic rhinitis and sinusitis.
Although many patients are averse to psychiatric diagnoses, depression is a prominent symptom that may be alleviated with non-sedating antidepressants. Frequently, they not only improve mood, they also help with sleep disturbances, thereby relieving the fatigue somewhat. Many times, even modest improvement can make a vast difference in a patient’s degree of self-sufficiency and ability to enjoy life.
Consumption of heavy meals, caffeine, and alcohol in the evening can make it harder to sleep, compounding fatigue. Also, total rest is not good as it leads to further de-conditioning and contributes to the feeling of being an invalid. Strenuous exercise only leads to greater fatigue, so a well-planned, moderate exercise regimen should be a part of the treatment plan.
Nutritional supplements that treat CFS
NZ Pure Health Squalene is purely extracted from New Zealand cold water shark liver oil rich in vitamin A and D. Squalene effectively delivers oxygen and removes toxins from body cells, therefore reduces stress and fatigue. It also has long been used to keep skin healthy, soft and pliable, it also supports healthy eyes.
NZ Pure Health Omega-3 is sourced from pure New Zealand deep ocean cold-water fish. Omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) are essential elements that help to restore the chemical imbalance in the brain and alleviate the symptoms of CFS.
NZ Pure Health Bovine Colostrum is made from the milk of New Zealand pasture raised dairy cows, which is produced within the first 48 hours after birth. It may enhance the immune system and the overall health wellbeing. It is easily absorbed by human body, and may promote bone development.
NZ Pure Health Sheep placenta is formulated by using 100% pure and fresh placenta which extracted from New Zealand healthy sheep. Placenta is a rich source of nutrients, growth factors and bio-active cytokines. It is based on these bio-essentials that new life is developed.
Placenta's health benefits include anti-aging, skin revitalising, boosting immune system, improving physical vitality and promoting general well being.
NZ Pure Health Spirulina is a tiny aquatic plant offers 60% vegetable protein, essential vitamins, amino acids, fatty acid GLA and antioxidant beta-carotene. It has the ability to strengthen the immune system, release high stress and help the body to cleanse.
NZ Pure Health Royal Jelly is produced solely for feeding the queen bee. Royal Jelly contains all the B-complex vitamins, including a high concentration of Pantothenic acid (B5). It is a natural source of acetylcholine which plays a role in memory, learning and sexual function.
Some of the health improvements normally experienced when taking Royal Jelly are increased vitality and energy, stronger nails and hair and a more radiant complexion. Other commonly claimed benefits are stress relief, better digestion, improved liver function, insomnia alleviated, fatigue alleviated.