Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Counselling
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition centred around symptoms of severe fatigue and exhaustion. It is also commonly known as ME, which stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis with the myalgia meaning muscle pain and the encephalomyelitis referring to an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
Though the symptoms of CFS will inevitably vary from person to person the condition is often characterised by feelings of intense fatigue and exhaustion, along with difficulties involving memory, concentration and a general feeling of discomfort or lack of well-being. Many of these symptoms overlap with those of depression including poor concentration, extreme fatigue, and sleep disturbance; however, it is the prominence of the physical symptoms of CFS that separates diagnosis. If you suffer with CFS there will often be times when these symptoms diminish and you are able to enjoy everyday activities, but this can often be matched by times when the symptoms severely affect your everyday life, health and happiness. There is currently no cure for CFS, and so, consequently, treatment is primarily aimed at managing symptoms and helping the sufferer to adapt to daily life. Listed below are some of the main symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. Not everyone will experience each of these symptoms, and there maybe a host of other symptoms that are not listed here. These key symptoms must have been experienced for at least six months and be different to simply being ‘tired’.