Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a disease characterised by profound fatigue, sleep abnormalities, pain and other symptoms that are made worse by exertion.

The cause of CFS is unknown. Researchers speculate that contributing factors may include:

  • viruses
  • a weakened immune system
  • stress
  • hormonal imbalances

Over 4,000 research articles have found that CFS is associated with problems involving:

  • the body’s ability to produce and transport energy
  • the immune, neurological and hormonal systems
  • viral or other infections
  • blood pressure, the circulatory and cardiac systems
  • digestion
  • biochemical abnormalities.

 

What are the symptoms of CFS?

Fatigue can cause a vast range of other physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

  • chronic tiredness or sleepiness.
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • sore or aching muscles.
  • muscle weakness.
  • slowed reflexes and responses.
  • impaired decision-making and judgement.
  • moodiness, such as irritability.

CFS is most commonly seen among people in their 40s and 50s. Gender also plays an important role in CFS, as women are two to four times more likely to be diagnosed with CFS than men.

People are sometimes affected by CFS in cycles, with periods of feeling worse and then better again. Symptoms may sometimes even disappear completely (remission). However, it’s still possible for them to come back again later (relapse). The cycle of remission and relapse can make it difficult to manage your symptoms.

Think you or a loved one may have CFS? Please contact our team today, we are here to help.

 

Resources:
Better Health VIC
Emerge Australia