Find Local Treatment Options
Call 888-646-0635 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.Who Answers?

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome You Shouldn’t Ignore

It’s normal to experience a certain degree of fatigue after long periods of physical activity or mental exertion. Under normal circumstances, the body recharges and resumes normal functioning. Someone suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome feels tired much of time with little to no reprieve, even after periods of rest.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, affects people of all ages from all walks life. On average, an estimated one million people live with the disorder, with millions more who go undiagnosed, experiencing symptoms of CFS in their daily lives.

When left untreated, chronic fatigue syndrome can spiral out of control leaving a person unable to carry out the affairs of everyday life. For these reasons, knowing what symptoms to watch out for can help you in taking the necessary steps towards getting needed treatment.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome can develop due to other health conditions such as low blood pressure or a hormonal imbalance.

Feelings of overwhelming fatigue most characterize chronic fatigue syndrome. This condition persists regardless of whether a person gets bed rest with symptoms becoming worse after engaging in any form of physical or mental exertion.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, CFS operates as a complex disorder that may have both physical and psychological components. Conditions or disorders that tend to co-occur with CFS include:

  • Trauma, either physical or emotional
  • Stress disorders
  • Immune disorders
  • Infections
  • Ongoing exposure to toxic substances

Ultimately, chronic fatigue syndrome can greatly limit a person’s level of activity as well as his or ability to function in daily life.

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome can be hard to spot due to the number of different medical conditions capable of producing fatigue-type symptoms. For some people, the actual fatigue experienced may not be the symptom that’s most bothersome.

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome may include:

  • Not sleeping soundly
  • Muscle aches
  • Problems concentrating
  • Impaired short term memory
  • Recurring sore throat
  • Sore lymph nodes in the armpits or neck

Overall, symptoms must last for a minimum of six months in order for a CFS diagnosis to apply.

Lifestyle Limitations

Chronic fatigue syndrome leaves suffers exhausted much of the time, making it difficult to work, carry out household tasks or take part in family activities. In effect, lifestyle limitations associated with CFS are comparable to those experienced by people with heart disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis as well as other similar chronic medical conditions.

Like other forms of chronic illness, symptoms of CFS come and go in cycles with periods of remission and relapse. During periods of remission, a person may be able to engage in normal everyday activities though overexertion can quickly lead to relapse.

Who Needs Rehab for Depression?

Risk Factors

Risk factors for developing chronic fatigue syndrome can run the gamut, having both physical and/or psychological origins. As depression typically brings about feelings of fatigue in general, depression disorders are common among CFS suffers.

Stress factors, such as childhood sexual and/or emotional abuse may also predispose a person to developing chronic fatigue syndrome due to the effects this type of trauma can have on a child’s central nervous system and endocrine system development. Other conditions to watch out for include:

  • Immune system abnormalities, such as allergies
  • Viral infections
  • Low blood pressure
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Trauma-inducing events, such as hurricanes, rape or terror attacks

If you or someone you know experiences symptoms of fatigue that linger over time and have further questions about chronic fatigue syndrome, please feel free to call our toll-free helpline at 888-646-0635Who Answers? for information. Our phone counselors can also help connect you with treatment programs in your area.

More Rehab Centers Resources

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Effects and the Need for Treatment

Traumatic experiences trigger protective responses throughout the body, causing a surge of chemicals to flood the brain. Depending on a person’s physiological make-up, these effects can have a lasting impression on his or her mental and emotional well-being. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD develops out of these conditions. According to the University of Colorado at….

Continue reading

When is Mental Health Rehab Necessary?

help for mental health

Most everyone has his or her own quirks and idiosyncrasies. Throughout the course of the day, these “unique qualities” may have little to no effect on a person’s ability to function effectively. In cases where these qualities start to affect one’s quality of life, the seeds of mental illness may be at work. Mental health….

Continue reading

5 Sure Signs You Need Prescription Drug Rehab

treatment for drug addiction

Many people don’t understand the seriousness of prescription drug abuse for one very simple reason: they believe these drugs to be 100 percent safe. While it is true that these are safe to take under the eye of a medical professional, there is always the possibility of abuse and addiction. Just the same as street….

Continue reading

How Addiction Treatment Programs Change Lives

rehab benefits

Addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease which the NIDA describes “as a complex disorder that can involve virtually every aspect of an individual’s functioning—in the family, at work and school, and in the community.” Once a person becomes addicted to a substance such as alcohol or drugs, their lives become vicious cycles of….

Continue reading

Finding the Right Alcohol Rehab for Women

gender specific rehab

Alcohol is legal depressant which causes a drinker to feel relaxed when the substance is consumed. Alcohol also impairs a person’s judgment and thought processes, which is why many people drink it when they are upset or emotional. For some women, alcohol becomes an outlet to their stress, and they begin to abuse it on….

Continue reading

What Happens After Drug Addiction Rehab?

addiction help

According to the NIDA, “Addiction treatment must help the individual stop using drugs, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and achieve productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society.” It’s easier to achieve these goals while you are being led by counselors and held accountable for your behaviors throughout the drug addiction rehab program, but,….

Continue reading

Gambling Addiction and Drug Addiction Go Hand in Hand

Don't let your gambling addiction and drug addiction ruin you!

Did you know that a third of all people who are in drug rehab centers also suffer from a co-occurring addiction to gambling? Gambling addiction and drug addiction tend to go hand in hand causing a world of problems for the addict and those who care for them. Like drug addiction, gambling addiction is a….

Continue reading

10 Ways Rehab Centers Help Your Drug Addiction Recovery

rehab helps

According to the NIH, “Substance abuse and addiction are serious, but treatable, medical problems.” Without proper treatment, however, it can be very difficult to overcome addiction. Rehab centers provide successful and beneficial treatment methods to patients, many of whom have struggled for years with addictions beforehand. Detoxification, which is usually the first step at a….

Continue reading

Still can't find the help you are looking for?Get Started Now
Accepted Insurances / View the full list
For inquiries call 888-646-0635 Who Answers?

Accepted Insurances Does My Insurance
Cover This?

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline will be answered or returned by one of the treatment providers listed, each of which is a paid advertiser.

By calling the helpline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses. There is no obligation to enter treatment.

I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOWI NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOW888-646-0635
Who Answers?

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares