Posts Tagged ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS is one of the most difficult to diagnose of health problems, found across the world. This debilitating condition presents itself in the form of a complex syndrome that is now known to be related to neurological dysfunction. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome involves many of the body systems. This includes many metabolic organs and the neurological system. Patients suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have difficulty in maintaining their vigor or enthusiasm for completing daily activities. This means that they show malaise like symptoms without having any defined pathology. Such patients don’t suffer from any underlying disease that causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but develop a complex condition wherein they tend to remain tired, physically and mentally, throughout the day. This kind of fatigue cannot be treated by energy boosting medications or simple aids like bed rest. In fact, sleeping or resting overtly can worsen symptoms and intensity of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Now, deeper research has been done into this disorder and it has been established that among most sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Neurological Dysfunction is the main, underlying cause. This is why Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is also referred to as Neurological Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This means that the fatigue-like symptoms are precipitated by existing Neurological conditions that make the sufferer feel low or tired throughout the day. Please understand that the typical symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome tend to resemble that of depression. This is a leading cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome being untreated or misdiagnosed. Further, there are no specific tests that can establish the presence of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in a person.
The many interpretations of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be a bit confusing. For instance, in Europe it is called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. However, across all interpretations of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Neurological Dysfunctions are regarded as the major perpetrator of the fatigue. The only way of diagnosing CFS due to neurological causes is elimination of other, likely causes such as:
- Drug abuse
- Autoimmune disorders
- Uncured Infections
- Muscle diseases
- Nerve diseases
- Endocrinal diseases
When such probable causes have been ruled out and it seems that the patient is showing a greater likelihood of suffering from psychological illnesses, such as depression or severe sleep dysfunction, the presence of neurological dysfunctions as the primary cause is indicated. People who are suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome tend to have disturbed sleep patterns and remain slightly drowsy throughout the day. This means that the body’s circadian clock is disturbed. This creates insomnia or sleep deprivation like symptoms that are the leading, most typical signs of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Now, sleep disorders are most common among folks who have been diagnosed with serious neurological conditions. This is just one example of how neurological conditions can cause (or are related to) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Once, the correct diagnosis has been made, the patient might be put-on psychiatric drugs, often combined with cognitive therapy. However, this too puts forth a challenge. Most of the medicines used for curing neurological dysfunctions are likely to induce some degree of drowsiness. This isn’t a thumb rule but a known facet of neurological medications that has a universal pattern. Thus, when a patient suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is put on such meds, chances are that initially, his condition might worsen a bit before showing visible improvement, i.e. the degree of malaise-like feeling might worsen before dipping appreciably.