Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

With the busy lives we lead, we all get tired from time to time. But having chronic fatigue syndrome means more than just getting tired. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about chronic fatigue syndrome in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that causes fatigue severe enough to interfere with your ability to participate in normal work, recreational or social activities. This fatigue does not improve substantially with rest.

Although poorly understood, chronic fatigue syndrome can make functioning normally difficult for the people who have it.

The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown. There may be multiple factors or triggers that lead to the development of chronic fatigue.

People with chronic fatigue syndrome may also have long-term symptoms such as:

Forgetfulness, memory loss, confusion or difficulty concentrating.

Tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpits

Muscle pain

Joint pain without redness or swelling, and

Headaches

Treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome focuses on reducing fatigue and other symptoms and helping you resume an active lifestyle. Once it has been diagnosed, simple measures taken at homesuch as improving sleep habits and getting gentle exerciseare important parts of treatment.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.