Chronic fatigue syndrome is defined as periods of extreme tiredness that cannot be explained by any underlying medical condition. This condition is often worsened with any physical or mental activity, and is not improved with rest. At American Spine, our specialists work with every patient to identify triggers and symptoms, while simultaneously designing an effective treatment plan.
Chronic fatigue syndrome has seven additional symptoms other than the obvious symptom that lies within the name:
- Loss of memory
- Sore throat
- Large lymph nodes in neck/armpits
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Poor sleep patterns
- Extreme exhaustion for more than 24 hours after physical/mental exercise
When fatigue is persistent, it may be a symptom of an illness such as an infection or psychological disorder. American Spine recommends patients seek medical attention immediately if fatigue is not improved with sleep.
Researchers and physicians still do not know what the exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is. Some people believe it patients are born with a predisposition to the disorder. The follow factors have been studied in combination with the cause:
- Viral infections. Epstein-Barr, human herpes virus 6, and mouse leukemia viruses have been studied as a trigger to chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Immune system problems. Many patients with the disorder have impaired immune systems, but scientists are still unsure if it is an actual cause.
- Hormonal imbalances. Abnormal blood levels in the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands continue to be studied as a possible link.
Gender, age, and lifestyle are all risk factors for people affected by chronic fatigue syndrome. This disorder commonly affects people in their 40s and 50s, women, and people who are overweight and/or stressed. Depression and social isolation also play a part in the demographic affected by the disorder.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is typically diagnosed to the person who has chronic, unexplained fatigue for longer than six months. Your doctor will have to rule out other illnesses including sleep disorders, anemia, diabetes, and depression before diagnosing the disorder. Based on this evaluation, a treatment plan will be designed that may include antidepressants, sleeping pills, physical therapy, and psychological counseling.
If you or someone you know has persistent fatigue coupled with joint pain and headaches, contact a American Spine specialist today!
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246)
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