Only 20% of the estimated 1 to 3 million Americans with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has been diagnosed. It is most commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 30, and female sufferers outnumber males by a ratio of 2 to 1.
How can you successfully treat my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Depending on your individual circumstances, your chiropractor may be able to provide symptomatic relief through a variety of different methods including spinal manipulation, physical therapy, and customized exercise programs. Our integrated approach to the treatment of CFS is holistic, non-invasive, and doesn’t rely on the use of harmful drugs.
What are the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
CFS is a debilitating, complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue or tiredness that doesn’t improve with rest, may worsen with physical or mental activity, and cannot be explained by an underlying medical condition. Symptoms include:
- Loss of memory or inability to concentrate
- Sore throat
- Enlarged or painful lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
- Unexplained muscle pain
- Pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
- Headache of a new type, pattern, or severity
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise
What causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
The exact cause of CFS is unknown. While there may be a genetic predisposition, researchers speculate that viruses, hypotension (unusually low blood pressure), a weakened immune system, and hormonal imbalances could all be contributing factors. Additional theories also exist, from viral infections to psychological stress, while some experts believe CFS is triggered by a combination of factors. There is no single test to confirm a diagnosis of CFS; rather, medical professionals must perform a variety of tests to rule out other medical conditions with similar symptoms.