Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue disorder is a disorder that is characterized by extreme fatigue that does not seem to be caused by any medical condition. The fatigue does not improve with rest and may become worse with both mental and physical activity. Although it is unknown what causes chronic fatigue syndrome, some theories include improper diet, hormonal imbalance, thyroid problems, physiological stress, viral infections or a combination of many factors.  Chronic fatigue syndrome does not necessarily use a specific test to determine its diagnosis. A ruling out of other tests with diseases that have similar symptoms may be the best way to get a diagnosis. Better understand what this condition is now.

What Are The Symptoms Of Chronic Fatigue?

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The eight symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome are memory loss or trouble concentrating, chronic fatigue no matter how often a person rests, a sore throat, unexplained muscle pain, enlarged neck or armpit lymph nodes, headaches, joint pain, disrupted sleep, and extreme exhaustion that lasts for more than twenty-four hours after mental or physical exercise. 

Viral infections have been associated with chronic fatigue syndrome because some individuals are more likely to develop the condition after a viral infection. Viruses that are linked to chronic fatigue syndrome include Epstein-Barr virus, herpes virus 6 and leukemia.

Keep reading to learn about the causes that lead to chronic fatigue.

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