Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

goodyear dentistAlthough your local Goodyear dentist is more interested in taking care of your teeth and overall oral health, it’s still important to bring up issues effecting men, women, and children all across the world. We thought it would be helpful and informative to our patients to share on a mysterious health topic that is damaging to people of all ages. 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a mysterious disorder that effects children and adults of all ages. The disorder cannot be explained by any other underlying or previously existing medical complications. CFS is usually increased or worsened by physical or mental exercise. Common symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:

  • Extreme exhastion, usually lasting more than a day after any sort of physical or mental exertion
  • Muscle pain
  • Lack of concentration/Loss of memory
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Sore throat
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Pain moving from certain joints
  • Severe headaches
  • Lack of refreshing sleep
  • Muscle Pain

Although the direct cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is unknown, there are many theories and tests to help diagnose the disorder. Possible causes include viral infections, immune system deficiencies, and hormonal imbalances. Again, these theories are still being studied and have not been confirmed.

There are also a few factors that might increase the possibility of being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

Stress — If you have a difficult time keeping control of your stress, you may be at a higher risk of being diagnosed with CFS.

Sex — Studies have shown that women are diagnosed with CFS more often then men. This may be because women are more likely to report these symptoms to doctors, however.

Age — As stated above, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can happen to anyone at any age, but is more likely to occur around the time a person reaches their 40′s or 50′s.

If you think you are at risk of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, contact your family physician as soon as possible.

Information on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome provided by our friends at the Mayo Clinic

 

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