CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

From one hospital to another, she has been going. She looked so depressed as if though she got no life left to live for. People around her wonder why she unusually stay glue to her bed all day long.


It painstakingly takes a family friend who is a medical doctor to diagnose her of CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS).
CFS is a medical condition characterized by unexplained profound fatigue that is made worse by exertion. The exact cause is unknown; yet, it affects millions of people worldwide.

THE FIVE MAIN SYMPTOMS OF CFS ARE:
1. Reduction inability to carry out usual daily activities
2. Fatigue or weakness made worse after physical activities of at least six months duration
3. Unsatisfactory sleep
4. Reduced mental function
5. Orthostatic intolerance

INVESTIGATIONS
In CFS, all laboratory investigations are NORMAL. The test your doctor will request for include the following:
Thyroid function test (TFT)
Full Blood Count (FBC)
Cerebro-Spinal Fluid studies
Creatine kinase
C- reactive proteins e.t.c.

TREATMENT
Chronic fatigue syndrome has no cure. However, supportive care is advocated which include;

  • Graded exercise and
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
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