Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) most commonly occurs in women ages thirty to just over fifty. You don't recognize it as an illness at first. It feels like you have caught the flue. But it can last up to six months, and in a lot of cases, several years. It seems it's also hard for doctors to diagnose it. Sometimes patients will have abnormal in a MRI, or their white blood cell count could be off.
Besides feeling like you have the flue, it's possible to experience some memory loss, and have some difficulty concentrating. Some people can continue to go to work, and just after cut down on recreational activities to conserve energy. Other people have it so bad that they can hardly get out of bed and even need a hand getting themselves dressed.
Besides feeling completely exhausted, here are some other symptoms that could be present
- mild fever
- sore throat
- tender neck with swollen lymph nodes
- decreased ability to concentrate
- muscle weakness and joint pain
- memory and concentration problems
- difficulty sleeping
Erica F. Verrillo was completing her doctorate in Speech Communication before falling ill with CFS in 1992. She is the co-author, with Lauren Gellman, of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 1st Edition as well asChronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition.
The video below, is a trailer for this newest book. Instead of hiring a voice-over, they have a computer generated text to speech narration. It's a little clumsy, but the information it gives you on what is contained in this book is good.
This one-of-a-kind reference – now completely revised and updated – includes over 100 effective treatments, from antivirals to vitamins, as well as locations of specialists and clinics, Internet ordering information, and national, local, and international CFS/ME organizations. New and expanded sections include doctors' protocols and research on the causes and mechanisms of the illness, all written in concise, easy-to-understand language.
Every aspect of the illness is thoroughly examined, from diagnosis to an in-depth discussion of symptoms, from traditional to alternative therapies to essential coping strategies. The new edition contains chapters for those coping with multiple chemical sensitivities and dietary restrictions, as well an expanded section on children and adolescents with CFS/ME. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, Second Edition, remains the most comprehensive reference guide on this disease.
There are a number of other symptoms that could occur as well. If you would like more information on what these might be, the U.S. National Library of Medicine - The World's Largest Medical Library has a fact sheet posted online that can be viewed here.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition (the Kindle version of the book) is being offered for free for the next 24-48 hours as part of an Amazon promotion. If you would like to get a copy of this book, you can click here to download it. You may find it a valuable reference to have in your digital library in the event that you or a loved one gets CFS.
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