There are many misconceptions and confusion surrounding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Many people suffer with the condition but never seek care or a diagnosis. In fact, only 2 in 10 people that suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have been accurately diagnosed. And with several million people potentially experiencing this damaging syndrome, it’s essential to seek out treatment.

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also known as Myalgic encephalomyelitis is not completely understood by the medical community. As the name implies, CFS is characterized primarily by extreme bouts of exhaustion. It does appear that women under the age of 30 have much higher instances of CFS than other populations, with occurrences in women happening at twice the rate of men. However, anyone can suffer from CFS, so just because you don’t fit into this demographic doesn’t mean that you can’t be affected by CFS.

What Causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

It’s still unclear what causes some people to suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Other conditions need to be ruled out before a medical diagnosis of CFS can be determined. There may be some contributing factors, such as a genetic predisposition, low blood pressure, viruses, a weakened immune system, or hormonal imbalances. Researchers continue to investigate whether some people’s bodies have trouble processing food into energy. Other research is looking into a psychological connection and symptoms being brought on by stress or trauma. Still other experts believe a combination of factors may trigger the onset of CFS.

What are the most common symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Since fatigue is in the name of this condition, many people believe that feeling tired is the only symptom of CFS. However, CFS is far more complicated. The physical symptoms of fatigue are also magnified by how this tiredness impacts other areas of life, such as limiting someone’s ability to work, care for children, do household chores or participate in leisure activities with friends and family. Missing out on all of these important parts of life can severely impact someone’s mental health.

Well-meaning loved ones may attempt to help a sufferer “snap out of it” by encouraging physical activity. However, because of the way this condition affects someone, pushing yourself to increase your physical or mental activity can actually exacerbate the condition, making it worse. In fact, this can bring on extreme exhaustion, which can last for over a day after such a taxing event occurs.

Beyond the feeling of exhaustion, there are other symptoms of CFS that many people are unfamiliar with. These include:

  • Loss of memory
  • An inability to concentrate
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Enlarged or painful lymph nodes in your neck and/or armpits
  • Unexplained muscle pain
  • Joint pain that moves from one joint to another (typically without swelling or redness)
  • Headaches, which can change in type, pattern, or severity
  • Unrefreshing sleep

How can Chronic Fatigue Syndrome impact your daily life?

As you can imagine, not having the energy to complete everyday tasks can be not only frustrating, but extremely damaging to someone’s life. From lost wages to the inability to pursue goals and aspirations, CFS can lead to financial distress, a decline in physical and mental wellness, and multiple instances of missing out on doing the things you love.

Add to the negative impacts of CFS is the fact that many people do not understand or believe that CFS is an actual condition. This can lead to tension, conflicts and frustration from loved ones. And since there are not traditional medical therapies that can easily resolve CFS, patients are often left feeling isolated and without hope.

What are common treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

There are few treatment options in traditional medicine for CFS. Instead, primary care doctors often try to address various symptoms, such over-the-counter pain medication for joint pain or sleep therapies for insomnia or sleep problems.

What are the drawbacks/side effects of traditional treatments?

This symptom-by-symptom approach can lead to frustration as patients need to continuously seek medication or treatments for each issue. There is also the issue of relying on pain medications, which only offer a band-aid effect, and do not address the underlying cause of symptoms. Other drugs, such as anti-depressants can carry their own risks and side effects.

How can chiropractic care help alleviate the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Did you know that misalignments in the vertebrae, also known as subluxations, can disrupt nerve function and contribute to CFS symptoms? Manual spinal adjustments work to correct these imbalances, helping to restore proper nerve communication. By removing such misalignment, nerve endings become less irritated and inflammation is reduced, which can assist in strengthening the immune system.

By taking a holistic approach to treating your whole body, an experienced chiropractor can provide guidance on balancing nutrients through diet, techniques for managing stress, and creating a practical therapeutic exercise plan. This proactive, positive approach can give patients their power back so that they can feel better in control of their symptoms.

How can Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy help improve your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Here at Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy, we offer a set of complementary therapies that, when combined, can make a significant difference in a patient’s life. Combining chiropractic care, physical therapy, and acupuncture, each therapy can help to address a number of the symptoms of CFS, in a natural, drug-free, and non-invasive way. Through an individualized treatment plan, our doctors will take a holistic approach to your care, rather than treating you as simply a cluster of symptoms. Our team is experienced in helping patients with CFS regain their life and energy, so they can enjoy more days doing what they want, rather than struggling with just getting through the day.

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