Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is characterized by extreme fatigue that can’t seemingly be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue may increase with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with added rest. Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, causes you to feel so tired that you can’t complete normal, daily activities. It has no known cause and is difficult to diagnose, however its major symptoms can be treated.
The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, although there are many theories — ranging from viral infections to psychological stress. Some experts believe chronic fatigue syndrome might be triggered by a combination of factors, such as the following:
Viral infections, because some people develop chronic fatigue syndrome after having a viral infection. Suspicious viruses have included Epstein-Barr, human herpesvirus and leukemia viruses, though no conclusive link has yet been found.
Immune system problems as people who have chronic fatigue syndrome appear to be impaired slightly in this area, though it is unclear if this is enough to actually cause the disorder.
Hormonal imbalances. People who have chronic fatigue syndrome often experience abnormal blood levels of hormones produced in the hypothalamus, pituitary gland or adrenal glands. There is currently no conclusive testing that can link hormones to CFS.
There’s no single test that can be used to confirm a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome. You may have to undergo a variety of medical tests, ruling out other health problems that have similar symptoms. Because there is no known cure, treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome focuses on symptom relief.
The official symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:
Poor memory or concentration
Frequent sore throat
Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
Unexplained muscle pain
Pain that moves from one joint to another without any swelling or redness
Irritability or depression
Headaches with a new pattern or severity for the individual
Lack of restful sleep
Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after exertion
A few suggestions to lessen the severity of symptoms include:
-Deep breathing and meditation practice to help relaxation when pain occurs
-Reducing Stress, as stress can increase the body’s sensitivity to discomfort
-Regular exercise to help increase the endorphins in the body, helping to improve mood and decrease pain.
Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as these can worsen circulation problems and increase other risk factors.
-Pay attention to diet, avoiding sugar and sugar substitutes, white flour, rice, and milk, and be sure to include lots of fruits and vegetables.
Essential oils and products that can assist with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Add the following to a warm bath, or diffuse overnight:
To create a blend of these oils to diffuse, keep to these ratios.
Take 1 drop of Frankincense under tongue each evening.
Rub 2-3 drops of chosen oil on bottoms of feet daily.
Use Deep Blue to relieve pain.