From Medicineworld.org: Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Probable causative factors for chronic fatigue syndrome:
In one series, 85% of the patients admitted for the complaints of chronic fatigue syndrome were diagnosed finally to have anxiety neurosis or anxious depression. A patient with a bout of viral illness or infectious mononucleosis may complaint of fatigue even years after the disease. But there is no correlation between the two. Some of the patients, complaint of fatigue after minor trauma or silicone breast implantation. Colitis, hypoglycemia, brucellosis, spinal irritation infectious mononucleosis has been proposed as the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Fatigue has many effects on a normal person which are as follows:
Aside from feeling weary and tired, the fatigued person is unable to deal effectively with complex problems and may behave awkwardly to a given situation. The ability to make judgment is impaired. He is unable to do his duty as a head in the household. There will not be any tendency to even make an effort for doing a work in a fatigued person.
Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome:
The great majority of the patients who seek medical help for unexplained chronic fatigue have some type of psychiatric illness. The usual symptoms in the patient with chronic fatigue syndrome are:
Medical conditions associated with fatigue:
The following conditions may be associated with fatigue:
Treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome:
In one study of more than 1000 patient following an infective illness, the chronic fatigue syndrome was no more frequent than in the general population. Most of the patients with chronic fatigue syndrome are suffering from depression. They are best treated with anti depressants like fluoxetine. Medical conditions like hypothyroidism should be corrected. Myalgias and arthralgias are treated with simple analgesics like acetaminophen (Tylenol). Exercise is very helpful. Meditation and yoga are also helpful in overcoming the chronic fatigue syndrome.
Did you know?
During World War II, fatigue was such a prominent symptom in combat personnel as to be given a separate term in medical terminology, namely combat fatigue, a term that came to be applied to practically all acute psychiatric disorders occurring in the battle field. In civilian life (our day to day life), fatigue is the main cardinal feature of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Medicineworld.org: Chronic fatigue syndrome
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