People with CFS experience very profound fatigue worsened by exertion (physical, mental), as well as poor sleep and a range of other symptoms, that wax and wane from day to day. Most common are shown in the diagram below, but a lot of other symptoms can also occur, which when clustered often represent related CSS Pain Syndromes or Environmental Illness .
Symptoms of CFS can be made worse by psychological and social stress, Activity that is not paced, Medications, and environmental triggers and sensitivities including
CFS is not a mental illness, however up to 50% of people with CFS experience severe anxiety or depression.
While treatment of comorbid mental illness is important, the failure of the doctor or therapist to consider CFS in treatment can lead to a worsening of symptoms associated with CFS.
Causes of CFS are not fully understood yet. However a large body of scientific researh indicates that it is intiated by a trauma (usually a very bad infection or toxic/chemical injury) in people with vulnerable genetics or in people who are already quite exhausted due to high or long term stress. It is very complex neuroimmune condition that causes a multitude of symptoms related to the dysfunction of the stress (fight/flight) system and of:
Which can result in the body going into a state that can be likened to hibernation, in order to protect itself from death and disease. In this state there is enough resources for basic survival, but not much else.
From guide on CFS by the Better Health Channel Vic.gov
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