Valley Healthcare

The weather is (finally!) warming up, and we now have an extra hour of daylight to enjoy. All signs indicate your energy should be high and your spirits just as elevated – but what if they’re not?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), though not common, is a debilitating and frustrating condition in which, well, you just don’t feel like yourself. CFS has a number of symptoms that vary from patient to patient, but the major symptoms of CFS include:

  • General malaise, especially after exercise
  • Sleep that isn’t restorative or refreshing
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Sore throat or headaches that can’t be explained
  • Cognitive difficulties like poor memory, or just feeling generally unfocused
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Cardiac or respiratory problems
  • Depression
  • Muscle weakness

So how common is CFS? Approximately 1 million Americans suffer from CFS, so in a nation of 315 million people, it’s not very common – only about .3% of Americans deal with true CFS. But what if you have some symptoms of it, and you just don’t feel that great?

The facts about CFS are something that ALL people can learn from, not just those suffering from this frustrating condition. The truth is that we live in a stressful, hurried world, many of us moving at a pace we simply cannot sustain long-term. Get in touch with your body and how you really feel. Are you exercising enough? What if you’re exercising too much? Are you eating enough (or too much)? Is your sleep quality where you’d like it to me? Are you working a lot of overtime hours and feeling generally run down?

From natural approaches like yoga and hot chamomile tea before bed, to more clinical approaches like considering an anti-depressant or getting a physician’s help in losing weight (which can help your sleep quality, particularly if you suffer from sleep apnea), you have countless options to improve your quality of life and deal with the fatigue of the world we live in and the lifestyles we lead.

But if you feel like you may have something more serious, such as CFS, affecting your quality of life – don’t suffer in silence! Visit the National Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Association website and learn more about your symptoms, or call the Valley Healthcare System main line at 706-322-9599 to make an appointment with one of our excellent physicians and start changing your quality of life for the better!

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