Understanding Treatment for
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder that causes extreme fatigue — but it’s not the kind of tired feeling that goes away after a couple of hours of rest. Instead, it’s a feeling that lasts months at a time and prevents you from doing ordinary, everyday activities. While the cause of CFS is unknown and anyone can develop it, CFS is most common in women aged 40 – 50.

What are the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)?

The most common symptoms of CFS include extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise, fatigue for six months or more, unexplained muscle or joint pain in multiple joints, memory or concentration problems, sore throat, tender or enlarged lymph nodes, unrefreshing sleep, or other sleep problems.

How does ID Care diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)?

Because the symptoms of CFS often mimic symptoms for other illnesses, the disorder can be tricky to diagnose and there is no single test to confirm whether or not you have CFS. However, by ruling out sleep disorders, medical problems, heart or lung impairments, and mental health issues, our team can develop a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and get you back to your everyday life feeling re-energized.

How does ID Care treat chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)?

Unfortunately, CFS can last for years at a time, and there is no cure. However, because ID Care specialists are exclusively trained in treating a variety of even the most complex conditions, we will develop a treatment plan customized to you. The primary goal of your treatment is always to reduce your symptoms and get you back to feeling energized and refreshed. We may recommend using medications to treat your pain and improve your sleep, or even connect you to our behavioral and mental health professionals.

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic