Treating chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis is a condition that makes a person feeling so tired that he/she cannot perform all the normal daily activities. In some cases, they have symptoms of severe fatigue. Being tired is a body’s reaction to certain existing factors. If you want to learn more about this condition, click here.
Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome usually begins suddenly, but in most cases, the syndrome develops gradually in weeks or months and it can change in a day and the days that follow. They can stop or recur and start again or relapse. Some of the common symptoms include the following:
- There is extreme physical and mental fatigue that can be constant or just come and go or it cannot be relieved by rest. This fatigue is severe that it can interfere with the work, play and some social activities.
- Feeling unwell after being active like the person will feel ill or weak or the chronic fatigue syndrome are severe. It takes about more than 24 hours to make the person feel better.
- There are problems with sleeping
- Pain that can affect only an area of body or it can be widespread. If pain happens in one area then moved to another area, it can be a muscle pain, joint pain and a headache.
Chronic fatigue syndrome also can cause the following symptoms:
- Always urinating, experiencing nausea or irritable bowel syndrome
- Experiencing light-headedness and dizziness, fast heartbeat and there is shortness of breath when active.
- The feeling is worse when under stress.
- There is low body temperature, hands and feet are cold, sweating and there is trouble with heat or cold.
- Experiencing appetite and weight changes
Treatment and home remedies
- Adjust the daily schedule and take advantage of times when there is more energy and feels less tired. It is also best to keep a diary on the daily routine. Keep record of the times of the day when there is more energy and being tired.
- Take measures to take charge of a fatigue level such as trying not to do much work when there is more energy. By being overtired, it takes several days for a person to recover.
- Improve the sleeping habits since sleep problems can add to fatigue and other symptoms and avoid taking alcohol as well as caffeine before sleeping. It is also recommended to avoid all sound and light disturbances.
- Make sure the sleeping beds or mattress provides good support and use a neck support pillow in order to keep the neck from moving during sleeping.
- Take naps if there is a need at least for 20 to 60 minutes and not late in the day or evening.
- Perform some light and gentle exercises regularly like walking, swimming, and riding a bicycle or a stationary bike can help.
- Take over-the-counter pain reliever medications in order to relieve muscle and joint pains and headaches.
- Eat a balanced diet.