Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by symptoms including severe fatigue and weakness, which persist for at least six months and cannot be improved by increased rest. These symptoms may also worsen with physical or mental activity. Chronic fatigue symptoms appear similar to flu symptoms.
Other symptoms of chronic fatigue include impaired short-term memory, trouble focusing, frequent sore throat, tender or swollen lymph nodes, muscle and joint soreness, sleeplessness, allergies, dry mouth and eyes, frequent diarrhea, nausea, and weight loss.
Chronic fatigue syndrome may be the result of hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, anemia, and/or a weak immune system.
For those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, rest is advised to minimize muscle soreness. A physical therapist is also recommended to introduce the patient to a chronic fatigue syndrome exercise program.
With steady and gradual progress, the exercise program will help patients to increase their energy level. The method used in such a program involves activities like walking or swimming.
Awareness of the symptoms of chronic fatigue is essential to prevention. If a patient believes he or she has chronic fatigue syndrome, he or she ought to seek medical advice if muscle soreness increases.
Those with chronic fatigue syndrome are also advised to make certain lifestyle changes. Patients must be sure to drink lots of water and maintain a healthy diet with a maximum intake of fresh vegetables and fruits. They must also minimize strain on the body — this includes reducing stress, quitting smoking, and eliminating caffeine consumption.
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