Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS or ME) is a condition resembling “chronic active Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection but without a known cause
It may be related with the previous infection and CFS lasts for 6 months, accompanied by cognitive problems like short-term memory and loss of concentration. Guilt, anger, and anxiety are the common emotional responses of the people suffering from CFS.
Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
A new study, reveals that CFS is a debilitating disease without unknown cause and discovered that there is a crucial link between CFS and lower levels of key thyroid hormones raises hopes for treating this.
Also, recent studies and research associates this disorder with after-effects of some infections that has its impact on the immune system.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Loss of memory and concentration
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Un-refreshing / non-restorative sleep
- Pain in muscles and joints
- Transient pain
- Extreme exhaustion
- Night Sweats
- A Sore throat
Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
There is no cure or approved treatment for this disorder. But some symptoms can be treated or managed with self-care to get some relief.
- Graded exercise therapy
- Increase your sleep time
- Increase potassium and magnesium intake
- Essential fatty acids
Graded exercise therapy (GET)
Studies proved that graded exercise therapy helps people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Graded exercise therapy is a physical activity, and it is a primary method of treatment for CFS/ME. It reduces pain, fatigue, stiffness and helps the patients to gain strength. It gives a higher level of fitness and improves their mood as well.
Increase your sleep time
Un refreshing or non-restorative sleep is the hallmark of CFS. A wide range of sleep problems including:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Disrupted / un refreshed sleep
- Waking or feeling tired even after sufficient or prolonged periods of sleep
Increasing your quality of sleeping helps to replenish your body energy and heal faster. According to a study published in the journal of “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” adequate sleep helps to reduce tiredness and improves muscle strength and energy for the people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Minimum 8 hours of sleep every night is required.
- If you are having trouble getting good sleep or staying asleep, approach sleep physician to obtain a good night’s sleep.
- Also, some research finds that taking melatonin to help you to sleep at night. Taking 1 – 3 milligrams of this supplement an hour before bed improves sleep-wake cycles and energy levels.
Increase potassium and magnesium intake
Some research proves that increasing the consumption of foods rich in potassium and magnesium improves the symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Magnesium helps to increase your energy level and lessen your pain. Including more magnesium-rich foods to your diet supports nerve function, sugar, and BP levels and keeps you healthy.
Examples: spinach, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, kefir, chard, figs, almonds, avocados, black beans, bananas and dark chocolates.
Potassium is essential to balance the electrolytes in our body. Eating potassium-rich foods can help to relieve the symptoms like fatigue, irritability and muscle cramps.
Potassium-rich foods are spinach, avocados, sweet potatoes, bananas, yogurt & kefir, coconut water, dried apricots, mushroom and acorn squash.
Essential Fatty Acids
People with CFS will have a low level of essential fatty acids. So taking food which contains essential fatty acids helps in reducing inflammation and boosting our immune system.
Foods which are essential in fatty acids are hemp, flax, almonds, walnuts, dark green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and spinach, olive fish, eggs and whole grain foods.