Do You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Causes & Treatments Of CFS

Not being able to sleep properly or having a bad night’s sleep is something that we’ve all experienced a few times in our lives. Whether you had too much on your mind or just too much energy, the impacts of a poor night’s sleep are certainly felt the next day. Some of us are even less lucky and consistently struggle to get a good night’s sleep. This may leave some wondering if they are suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. If you’re not too sure what that is or how it can be treated, we have you covered. Take a look at our breakdown of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, its causes and possible treatments.

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What is chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is a complicated disorder or disease that is characterised by symptoms such as constant and profound fatigue, difficulty sleeping or sleep abnormalities, unrefreshing sleep and pain among other symptoms. It is a disorder that generally lasts more than six months and can have a severe impact on your quality of life, and physical and mental health.

What causes chronic fatigue syndrome?

Unfortunately, the causes of CFS are often unknown. Many specialists do, however, have good theories as to what may be contributing to CFS. These theories range from a poor routine, and lack of physical exercise to psychological stress or viral infections. Ultimately, the causes are likely going to be several contributing factors that are dependent upon the individual with CFS.

Can chronic fatigue be fixed?

There is no specific cure for chronic fatigue syndrome due to the fact that it is unclear what causes the disorder. However, there are actions that you can take to try and alleviate the symptoms and work towards reducing the impact it has upon your life. These include:

  • Holistic medicine
  • Medications
  • Therapy
  • Regular exercise without overdoing it
  • Maintaining a nutritious diet and drinking plenty of water
  • Treatment or management plan from a medical professional

While CFS doesn’t have an approved cure or set treatment, the symptoms of CFS can be relieved over time with proper intervention and assistance. Small changes such as eating well and ensuring you’re eating healthy, whole foods can make a difference. While there is no known fix for the CFS, it’s important to understand that different treatments can help relieve symptoms over time.

Do I have CFS or am I just tired?

We all end up feeling fatigued and run down at certain points in our lives. It’s even common to experience an extended period where we can’t sleep properly and are constantly fatigued. However, it’s also important to understand the difference between CFS and simply being tired. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an advanced state of fatigue that has lasted for at least six months or more. It’s the type of tiredness that begins to really impact your day-to-day life. A daily lack of energy or whole-body tiredness, dizziness and headaches that won’t go away both at home and at work. Normal tiredness won’t present like this, especially for an extended period.

Holistic treatment for CFS

If you are suffering from CFS or suspect that you may be, get in touch with us today. Our team of medical experts can help create a management plan to relieve your symptoms and work towards helping you maintain the disorder. With a holistic approach taking everything from your diet to your stress levels into account and backed by medical knowledge we can help you manage your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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Dr. Priyanta Thotagamuwa (MBBS, FRACGP)

Dr. Priyanta Thotagamuwa (MBBS, FRACGP)

Dr. Priyanta Thotagamuwa (MBBS, FRACGP) is operating Wandal Medical Centre in Rockhampton with the aim and interest of treating patients in a holistic manner. As a GP he offers medical assistance to patients of all ages, seeking advice, treatment or minor procedures.

Dr. Priyanta Thotagamuwa (MBBS, FRACGP)

Dr. Priyanta Thotagamuwa (MBBS, FRACGP)

Dr. Priyanta Thotagamuwa (MBBS, FRACGP) is operating Wandal Medical Centre in Rockhampton with the aim and interest of treating patients in a holistic manner. As a GP he offers medical assistance to patients of all ages, seeking advice, treatment or minor procedures.