What is Chronic Fatigue?
Chronic Fatigue, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is characterized by persistent and unexplained fatigue that lasts for six months or more and is not relieved by rest. It is often accompanied by a range of symptoms that can vary from person to person:
- Profound Fatigue: Individuals with chronic fatigue experience an overwhelming and persistent sense of exhaustion, even after minimal physical or mental exertion. This fatigue is not relieved by sleep or rest and can significantly impact daily functioning.
- Cognitive Impairment: Many individuals with chronic fatigue experience cognitive difficulties commonly referred to as "brain fog." These can include problems with memory, concentration, and mental clarity, making it challenging to perform tasks that were once routine.
- Sleep Disturbances: Sleep disruptions, such as insomnia or unrefreshing sleep, are common among those with chronic fatigue. Individuals may struggle to fall asleep, experience frequent awakenings, or wake up feeling unrested despite adequate hours of sleep.
- Pain and Muscle Aches: Chronic fatigue is often associated with muscle pain, joint pain, and headaches. These symptoms can vary in intensity and location and may contribute to a decreased overall quality of life.
- Other Symptoms: Additional symptoms can include sore throat, tender lymph nodes, dizziness, gastrointestinal issues, and sensitivity to light and noise.