When Does Being Tired All The Time Become A Problem?
Most people keep their entire schedule completely full, burning the candle at both ends with barely any time to squeeze in a lunch at work or school. The snooze button on their alarm clocks are almost completely worn out. They are still completely exhausted even after a full night’s rest and multiple Starbucks Venti coffees from the drive-thru window on their way to the next appointment or meeting. Sometimes people in their lives do not believe them at all.
What if this extreme fatigue is an actual disorder that is greatly affecting their quality of life?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID) commonly effects females in their young adulthood and middle age. Sometimes there are not any physical findings for CFS. We do not know exactly where CFS comes from but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified CFS by four or more of these associated symptoms:
- Impaired memory or focus
- Sore throat
- Tender lymph nodes
- Muscle pain
- Joint pains
- New headaches
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Post-exercise tiredness and weakness
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How can Chronic Fatigue Syndrome be helped?
CFS is generally treated with antidepressants and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which do not go to the source of the problem. Those type of treatments mask all of the symptoms without correcting the actual health concern.
Recent research published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research saw significant quality of life improvements in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome following upper cervical chiropractic care. They found that these patients also had an increase in quality of sleep. A misalignment located in this area of neck puts pressure on the brain stem which could create all of the associated symptoms with CFS. Dr. Joe Breuwet is Hawaii’s top chiropractor and specializes in upper cervical chiropractic care.
- Woodfield C, Dickholtz M. Quality of Life Improvement in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care. J. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. 2012; 92-99.
- Ferri, F. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2012 ed.; 228.
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