Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) causes persistent fatigue (exhaustion) that affects everyday life and doesn’t go away with sleep or rest. CFS is also known as ME, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis. CFS is a serious condition that can cause long-term illness and disability, but many people improve over time.

The cause of CFS is not known. Various theories have been suggested, including: a viral or bacterial infection, problems with the immune system, an imbalance of hormones and psychiatric problems, such as stress and emotional trauma.

Some people are thought to be more susceptible to the condition because of their genes, as the condition is more common in some families.

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome

CFS causes persistent physical and mental fatigue. There is often a pattern of relapses, which cause your symptoms to get worse for periods of time.

Other symptoms may include: muscular pain, joint pain and severe headaches, compromised short-term memory and concentration, stomach pain, sore throat, sleeping problems, sensitivity or intolerance to light, loud noise, alcohol and certain foods and psychological difficulties such as depression, irritability and panic attacks.

Treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome

Treatments for CFS aim to help relieve the symptoms. CFS may last a long time, but treatment often helps improve the symptoms. Over time, many people get better and regain fully functioning lives. Some of the treatment options available are: graded exercise, activity management, pacing, lifestyle advice and cognitive behavioural therapy.

How can Neurocare Physiotherapy help me?

At Neurocare, we are all highly specialised in treating neurological conditions, so you can be confident that your physiotherapist will have the necessary experience to provide you with the specialist level of treatment which you deserve.