Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Defined as a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that cannot be explained through any underlying medical condition, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a malfunction of the pituitary gland – the gland that is responsible for regulating the body’s hormones. Believed to be triggered by a combination of factors, medical professionals have been unable to definitively identify the cause of CFS – though it is believed that viral infections, hormonal imbalances, and psychological stress are key factors in developing CFS.
Though there is no clear reason of how a person becomes inflicted with CFS, there are clear signs of CFS that include; fatigue, loss of memory or concentration, unrefreshing sleep, headaches, joint aches, unexplained muscle pain, enlarged lymph nodes, sore throat, and extreme exhaustion. Other complications arising as a result of CFS may include depression, lifestyle restrictions, and depression.
It is important to remember, however, that if you are suffering from one or more of the symptoms associated with CFS, you may be suffering from something else such as adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, a testosterone deficiency, a thyroid disorder, or even a hormonal imbalance. As there is no single test to confirm a diagnosis of CFS, you may have to undergo a variety of medical tests in order to rule out other health issues.
As mentioned previously, medical professionals have not identified a true cause for CFS. However, they have identified numerous factors that may increase a person’s risk of CFS; including age, weight, and gender.
CFS most commonly affects people between the age of 40 and 60; people who are overweight and inactive; and is also more common in women than in men.
Despite the lack of a definitive answer as far as what causes CFS, medical professionals like Dr. Thakkar and his team at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic, have the knowledge and appropriate means in assisting those inflicted with CFS. If you believe that you are may have CFS, or even if you have just one sign of CFS, please contact us and allow us to assist you.