Have you been diagnosed with a chronic fatigue condition? If so, these symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, & fibromyalgia will probably be familiar to you, and you may find yourself identifying with several of the following:
Pain – recurrent sore throat, often with swollen glands, aching muscles and joints, headaches or migraine, twitching muscles/ cramps, nerve pain, abdominal pain.
Sleep – Difficulty sleeping, early waking, hypersomnia (sleeping for long periods), un refreshing sleep,day/night reversal. Concentration – reduced attention span, ‘brain fog’, word recall problems, decreased short term memory, loss of concentration.
Mood – Frustration, depression, panic attacks, anxiety, mood swings, irritability.
Nervous system – dizziness on standing, hyper-sensitivity to light or sound, sweating, balance problems, poor temperature control.
Digestive – nausea, loss of appetite, IBS, indigestion, excessive bloating, abdominal cramps, alternating diarrhoea & constipation.
Intolerance & Sensitivity – bright lights, sounds, odours, food intolerance, some medications, alcohol, caffeine.
Onset of symptoms
Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, ME & fibromyalgia can have a slow, insidious onset or may come on suddenly after being triggered by a specific event, accident, or viral illness. You may find that certain symptoms seem very obvious at certain times, and then seem to disappear, only to return again. This can often cause frustration and despair.
One of the main issues with any of the chronic fatigue conditions is that they are such multi-faceted disorders. The usual approach is to target a particular symptom, and then to try and move on to the next, in the hope that you may finally eliminate them all. Unfortunately this approach seldom works.
If you have already looked at the range of therapies available to help your condition, you will find that there is an overwhelming array of well-meaning Practitioners and approaches available – all ready to try and improve your individual symptoms. Do you start by addressing the IBS, the muscle pain, the brain fog, anxiety, sleep disturbance, depresssion, adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, or the complete exhaustion? The list can be endless. After visiting numerous different Practitioners with no long term results, sometimes you can end up feeling worse instead of better.
Reducing symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, ME & fibromyalgia
Fortunately, there is a solution. The key lies in taking a multi-dimensional, or holistic, approach which addresses underlying causes of the condition, not only the symptoms. Finding a practitioner who truly understands and specialises in the multi-faceted nature of these conditions is essential: If you simply address one aspect of your symptoms, it is obviously unrealistic to expect benefits for other symptoms too.
Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, & fibromyalgia may seem unrelated, but is not the case. When you look at the stress response and the effects it has on the body, you realise that they are all inter-connected. When you understand how your symptoms are related to each other, and are able to recognise them within yourself, you have the key to recovery.
Whilst there may be a predisposition to chronic fatigue, it is possible to control many aspects of these conditions. Once you take action to reduce problems caused by stress, diet, exercise, relationships, and other lifestyle factors, you may well experience a level of well-being where your previous levels of fatigue are no longer an issue for you.