What is CFS?
Chronic Fatigue syndrome is also known as myalagic encephalomyelitis (ME). These illnesses cause overtiredness that affects you in your everyday life and it does not go away with rest. Children and young people improve can improve whereas older people struggle with improvement.
Who is affected by CFS?
There is around 250,000 people that suffer with CFS in the UK. The condition is developed more in women than in men. On average adults are diagnosed with this illness in their early 20’s to mid 40s. The average age for children is between 13-15.
What causes CFS?
The cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is unknown. However there has been lots of ideas floating around about how the condition can be caused. Many people believed it can be caused by stress and emotional trauma, imbalanced hormones, problems with immune system and viral or bacterial infections. Some people are more immune to getting these conditions due to their genes. This makes it a bigger possibility for someone to get the condition if their parents or grandparents have suffered from it before.
What are the Symptoms of CFS?
The main symptom is Exhaustion. Some other symptoms include, muscle and joint pain, severe headaches, short term memory and concentration, depression and panic attacks.
How is CFS treated?
People with this condition respond in a different way to treatments. Treatments include, cognitive behavioural therapy, a graded exercise programme and medication for the pain, nausea and any sleeping problems.
For more information of Chronic Fatigue, visit the NHS website