Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can be caused by a number of diseases and increasingly occurs in difficult life circumstances. It differs from normal exhaustion in that it doesn't go away with rest and sometimes persists for months or years. The condition often only improves after some lifestyle changes have been made.
- Extreme fatigue during the day (tired when waking in the morning)
- Noticeable and constant reduction in performance
This condition can persist for months and even years. It’s accompanied by mental and physical symptoms.
- Reduced concentration, lack of motivation, irritability, forgetfulness, disorientation
- Back, joint and muscle pain or weakness
- Digestive problems
- Low blood pressure
Causes and treatment
The causes are mostly unclear, but some connection with infection is suspected. Other factors also play a role:
- Sleep disorders (in particular sleep apnoea syndrome)
- Depression, anxiety disorders and other mental health conditions
- Professional and family overload, stress, burnout syndrome
- Cancer, immune system weakness
- Many chronic diseases, in particular cardiovascular, lung and rheumatic diseases
Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital
The search for an underlying disease that triggers the condition takes centre stage. Chronic fatigue syndrome is only diagnosed if no specific cause for the chronic exhaustion can be found.
- Thorough physical examination
- Blood test (search for inflammatory markers, measurement of vitamin levels, etc.)
- Sleep study in the sleep laboratory
- If an underlying trigger can be diagnosed, therapy for this disease is applied
- Psychological counselling
- Lifestyle changes (see “What I can do myself”)
What can I do myself?
Lifestyle changes often bring improvement. These include:
- A balanced and varied diet
- Avoidance of nicotine and alcohol
- Regular exercise and sport
- Combating stress through regular periods of rest and relaxation
When to see a doctor?
- If you suffer from persistent fatigue without improvement, you should go to the doctor
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