Do you feel exhausted down to your bones?
If you feel fatigued all the time, for no good reason, you may be experiencing symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a common condition that impacts hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, but we still don’t really know much about it.
The main symptom is a feeling of utter weariness. Not the sleepiness of a long day or the exhaustion of a long night. It’s a core-deep sensation of fatigue that never goes away, no matter how much sleep you get.
CFS is related to similar conditions like fibromyalgia. It’s one of a number of little-understood conditions that science can’t fully explain yet.
The prevailing theory right now is that it’s some kind of autoimmune response. In other words, the body thinks that it has been infected or injured, and wears itself out fighting enemies that aren’t there.
The impact on the body and mind is profound, and the best way to handle it is to get a diagnosis and an expert opinion.
What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Tayra Lucero for LittleThings
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex illness that has stumped medical professionals for years.
The Mayo Clinic defines it as, “a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue may worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.”
It’s a common, chronic condition that impacts some 200,000 Americans every year.
The symptoms looks a bit different for everyone, but the overlying theme is a profound, bone-deep exhaustion that may not relate to how much sleep you get.