The difference between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fatigue

Of course chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and fatigue are very different. In this fast paced life, probably everyone has felt the effects of fatigue.

Whether you want to call it, tired, fatigue or burn out, it's the #1 thing doctors hear about, "why am I so tired all the time?".

Well the reality of today is that we're not equipped for the fast paced life style that we all seem to have.

For a family with children your day may run something like this - wake up, get the kids ready, get yourself ready for work get breakfast into the kids get them off to school or daycare and yourself off to work for 9am.

Work a full day, pick the kids up, run through a drive thru before your in the car again taking them to an activity and home to bed. Tomorrow, you do it all over again.

Even if you don't have kids, chances are your burning the midnight oil trying to advance up the corporate ladder or just worried about what these uncertain economic times may bring. Waking in the morning too tired to think about getting on with the day. With all this comes the stress and extreme fatigue of always being on the go and trying to juggle home life, career, activities. If your lucky enough to miss out on the medical complications that can go with the feeling of fatigue that's great but are you still feeling unhappy with the way things are?

Do you enjoy life or are you on a merry-go-round you just can't seem to get off of?

To read more about the different kinds of stress, Susan has done a great job on her site identifying all the types of stress that cause fatigue. Please note that this will open a new window.

No wonder everyone is so miserable, everyone is suffering from so much fatigue that they can't even get on with their day.

Without a doubt, there are millions of Canadians that go to their doctor to complain about the feeling of fatigue. So how do we find balance in our lives again? Before, looking at solutions, lets look at fatigue.

According to the dictionary, fatigue is physical or mental exhaustion caused by exertion. Unlike chronic fatigue, fatigue will go away when the physical or mental exertion has subsided. Usually adequate rest is the key.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

According to the Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is not a disease as such, but a characteristic and complex array of symptoms that may mimic other illnesses.

The symptoms of CFS may include:

  • aching muscles and joints
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • difficulty concentrating
  • poor memory
  • fever
  • headaches
  • low blood pressure
  • intestinal problems and pain
  • irritability
  • environmental sensitivities
  • jaundice
  • loss of appetite
  • mood swings
  • muscle spasms
  • recurrent upper respiratory tract infections
  • nasal congestion
  • candidiasis
  • sensitivity to light and heat
  • sleep disturbances
  • night sweats
  • sore throat
  • swollen glands,(lymph nodes)
  • extreme and often disabling fatigue

John believes that the mind has a lot to do with our physical and mental state. Where too much stress can lead to depression. He has written a wonderful page on how the mind dictates our health.

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CFS can last years but usually is at its worst at the beginning of the illness.

You may never return to your original energy levels and re-occurrences can happen during stressful times, physical or emotional.

Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Your doctor will be able to diagnose your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He/she will use two sets of criteria to do so.

At least 6 months of disabling fatigue not relieved by rest as well as mental changes, poor memory, muscle or joint pains, headaches, tender lymph nodes, unrefreshed sleep and worsening of symptoms after exercise.

Treating and preventing CFS

There are no medications proven to cure Chronic Fatigue Syndrome they are only used to treat symptoms.

For depression, antidepressants may be used. Other medication may be used to treat anxiety, sleeping disorders, headaches as well as general aches and pains.

Taking the alternative route

Some people may take the alternative route to feeling better. Lifestyle change is important so listen to your body. Massage, acupuncture, herbal products and dietary supplements.

When seeking out supplements it's important to do your homework. There's nothing worse than going into a health food store or a drug store and being overwhelmed by all the different brands of supplements that are available.

I've been in the field of health and wellness for the last 16 years and have yet to find better supplements than the ones I've been taking.

With 50 years of history these are the only supplements that are whole food supplements. Based in nature, backed by science! No pond scum, tree bark or petroleum.

In fact, our multi-vitamin is still the only one on the market that contains lipids and sterols.

These lipids and sterols provide energy to the cells by allowing nutrients in and waste out; since all health begins at the cell, isn't it fitting that these supplements work at the cell level.

What are the benefits from taking these supplements? They work! Real results!

Healthy People

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