Health Notes: Fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ?

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By Alecia Humphreys in Ladue News.

 

You are officially one month into 2018. Maybe it’s the year you pledged to work out more, read more, travel more – do anything and everything more. While it’s great to have goals, it’s hard to implement more into an already hectic schedule, especially when you aren’t allowing yourself adequate time to rest and recharge. Occasional fatigue is perfectly normal, yet if it’s a constant for you, it could signal a larger, overarching problem.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), approximately 90 percent of which cases have not been diagnosed. Ladue News spoke with Margaret Reiker, MD, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, about the symptoms, causes and treatments for CFS.

It’s common in our hectic lives to feel exhausted, especially when we likely don’t log enough hours in bed each night. How can one distinguish the difference between everyday exhaustion and CFS?

The difference between CFS and other fatigue is that it begins suddenly, does not improve with rest and is associated with significant new exercise intolerance.

 

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