Chronic fatigue syndrome makes a person constantly tired, cannot be explained by a preexisting medical disorder, and does not go away with rest. Also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or systemic exertion intolerance disease, chronic fatigue can be challenging to diagnose and could stem from several causes. If you are struggling with the debilitating impact of ongoing fatigue that lingers despite proper rest and nutrition, call our Connecticut office today to learn more about the benefits of hormone replacement therapy and chronic fatigue syndrome treatment for Massachusetts patients.
The causes of chronic fatigue syndrome are not yet fully understood, but the condition can stem from a range of underlying factors. Because no singular cause has been identified and a variety of other disorders mimic the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, reaching a diagnosis can be difficult. Currently, there are no definitive tests for chronic fatigue syndrome which would require the doctor to rule out other causes before reaching a final diagnosis.
Stress, hormonal imbalances, a weakened immune system, and viruses have all been identified by researchers as potential causes of chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome is most commonly found in women in their 40s and 50s, but the illness can affect both sexes at any age. Viral infections which have been studied in connection with this condition include:
The symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome vary depending on the person and the extent of their condition. Chronic fatigue commonly interferes with a person’s ability to perform daily activities. To achieve a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, the individual’s reduced ability to perform normal daily activities must last for a minimum duration of six months and be incurable with bed rest.
The individual could also experience fatigue after physical or mental exertion, also known as post-exertional malaise, which could last 24 hours or more. Sleep problems such as feeling unrested after a full night’s sleep or insomnia also frequently accompany chronic fatigue syndrome.
Other common symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include:
Some patients have reported experiencing the effects of chronic fatigue syndrome in cycles where they feel worse before feeling better again. This condition could go into remission where symptoms disappear completely and return later, which is known as a relapse. Fortunately, Dr. Edward Jacobson would carefully monitor a Massachusetts patient’s ongoing symptoms to ensure that the chronic fatigue syndrome treatment is appropriately administered.
While women are more likely to suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome than men are, both sexes can be diagnosed with this disorder. Factors that could increase someone’s risk for chronic fatigue syndrome include stress, allergies, environmental factors, and genetic predisposition.
Before administering chronic fatigue syndrome treatment at our Connecticut clinic, Dr. Jacobson would rule out other potential causes for a patient’s symptoms and review their medical history. He would confirm that the individual is experiencing the aforementioned symptoms and discuss the severity and duration of their fatigue before proceeding with a treatment plan.
Ruling out other possible causes of fatigue is a vital component of the diagnosis process, as many symptoms mimic those of other conditions such as:
Certain drugs such as alcohol and antihistamines can also produce the same symptoms as chronic fatigue syndrome.
There is no specific cure for chronic fatigue syndrome, and each individual has different symptoms that may require various types of treatment to achieve relief. When a Massachusetts patient begins treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome, Dr. Jacobson would work closely with them to formulate the best plan for their specific healthcare needs.
He would also discuss the potential benefits and side effects of any recommended therapies. Treatments to alleviate symptoms could include medications such as antidepressants and corticosteroids, dietary supplements and herbal products, light-intensity aerobic exercise, and supportive counseling.
Chronic fatigue syndrome progresses differently for each patient, so it is crucial to work with a qualified physician to create a treatment plan that meets your specific needs. Call our Connecticut office now to find out more about how Massachusetts chronic fatigue syndrome treatment could alleviate your symptoms and help get your life back on track.