Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a long-term disorder, primarily defined by persisting extreme tiredness that can’t be relieved by sleep, that isn’t related to other disorders.

The main symptom is persistent tiredness and a general unwell feeling: however, there are other symptoms including:

  • Headaches
  • Sore joints and muscles
  • A sore throat
  • Problems thinking, remembering or concentrating
  • Feeling dizzy or sick
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Heart palpitations

Exercise often worsens symptoms, however, the severity may vary on a daily, or even hourly, basis.

The cause for CFS is unknown, however, there are several treatments including lifestyle changes, medication, relaxation and sleep, dietary supplements, and various forms of therapy.

If you sleep at irregular times, struggle to sleep at night, snore loudly when you do sleep or feel persistently tired even with sufficient rest, then you may have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Luckily for you, symptoms often improve with time and will eventually dissipate entirely (in most cases). Children and Teenagers are often the quickest to recover. It is more common in women, particularly those aged between 20 and 40.

It is estimated that 17 million people in the world have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is estimated that 9,300 young adults develop the condition in the UK per year. A minimum of 125,000 people in the UK live with CFS, with a maximum of 2.5 million.