Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a medical condition for which medicine today has no cure and for which the causes are unknown.
Although we cannot cure the condition there are a number of steps that sufferers can take to ease the pain and and get their energy back.
This book highlights the steps that you can take to snatch your life back from this terribly debilitating condition. More
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) was given that name in the 1980s, but the illness has existed under various names since at least the 1700s. For example, Alice James, the sister of the famous philosopher and psychologist William James, suffered for most of her life from what was then called “neurasthenia,” which meant “weakness of the nerves.” James studied her condition carefully, but believed that it was primarily psychological in origin, as many people still do.
The illness is almost as frustrating for health professionals as it is for those who suffer from it, because it has no known cause and no known cure. Worse yet, many people, both health professionals and the general public, do not believe that it exists as a specific illness or else believe that people suffering from it are exaggerating how tired they feel. It has been recognized as a physical illness only recently.
At best, the available treatments, which are diverse, can relieve some of the symptoms and allow the person to lead a more normal life—but for some people, none of the treatments help. Sometimes CFS will occur for a relatively brief period, then spontaneously disappear. For other people, it may persist for years despite regular treatment. Furthermore, when an episode begins, there is no way to predict how long the condition will last.
Does a person with CFS then just have to put up with being too tired to function most of the time? No, with adequate health care, people with CFS can have a fairly high quality of life.