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What is chronic fatigue syndrome and how should it be treated?


How does chronic fatigue syndrome affect?

There are some people who suffer from a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Often, however, those affected are said to be simply inactive and lazy. Many patients are stigmatized and not properly treated by their doctors.

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome is often not recognized.
  • Affected people are classified as lazy and lazy.
  • Disease is often under-treated.
  • CFS usually occurs after a lot of mental or physical exertion.
  • Relaxation after strenuous activities can take days.
  • The name of the disease is misleading.

For a long time, doctors have been dealing with so-called myalgic encephalopathy (ME), which is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Researchers are now studying the disease and its effects. They published the results of their study in the medical journal "BMC Psychology".

How is CFS triggered?

Many of the children and adults affected by the chronic fatigue syndrome are only considered lazy and sluggish by society, the present disease is hardly taken seriously and is often under-treated by doctors. ME or CFS is a long-lasting, debilitating illness that usually manifests itself as severe and overwhelming tiredness after intense mental or physical exertion, the experts explain. The disease is accompanied by a number of different symptoms such as cognitive disorders, sleep disorders, pain and autonomic disorders, which are due to abnormalities in the nervous and immune systems.

Naming the disease should be changed

The name of the chronic fatigue syndrome can be misleading and suggest that it is a person suffering from dementia who suffers from chronic forgetfulness. Therefore the naming should be changed. The American Institute of Medicine has recently proposed to change the term to exercise intolerance. The panel argued that it would at least capture the main characteristic of the disease and better describe the condition of the disease.

What are the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome?

There are a large number of symptoms of the disease, of which chronic fatigue is only one, the scientists explain. The symptoms can fluctuate greatly from day to day and even from hour to hour and often prevent those affected from planning their activities in advance. The characteristic symptom of the disease is a delayed recovery after already little physical or mental activity. It can take a day or two for the feeling of chronic fatigue to set in. This abnormal decrease in energy can last for hours or even days, the doctors explain.

Many doctors do not recognize the disease

The disease is often neglected in medical education. Many doctors therefore do not know how to diagnose and treat this condition of exhaustion. Studies need to be performed that include other diseases with similar symptoms to exclude them from the diagnosis. There is still a remarkable amount of misdiagnosis, which is often only revealed if specialized doctors are involved in the treatment, the researchers explain

Treatment needs to be improved

Apparently there is currently no cure for CFS. Treatment in the UK is heavily dependent on cognitive-behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy, the two treatments recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The NICE guidelines offer too few treatment options by medical professionals and many sufferers feel that their illness only worsens instead of improving, the researchers conclude. (as)

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