It is a chronic condition that causes major fatigue.
Women are affected two to four times as often as men. It usually develops between the ages of 20 and 40. Children can also be affected, especially during teenage years.
The causes can be neurological, endocrine, immunological, genetic or infectious - but the diversity of symptoms cannot yet be fully explained.
Symptoms and Signs
Fatigue marked by the following characteristics:
new or unusual occurrence
persistent and/or repetitive
unable to be explained by connection to other conditions
results in a significantly reduced level of activity
accompanied by nausea and/or fatigue after minimal exertion
muscle and joint pain
cognitive dysfunction - mental fog
painful lymph nodes with absent pathology
dizziness and/or nausea
Symptoms can change in intensity and severity, and there is a wide variety of them.
Mild: individual is capable of self-care, but may need days off to rest
Moderate: individual may suffer from impaired mobility and their symptoms may vary. Sleep pattern may also be disturbed. Sleeping in the afternoon is necessary.
Severe: individual is able to perform basic daily tasks such as cleaning teeth, but suffers from significantly reduced mobility. Cognitive impairment is present.
Which supplementary and alternative therapies should I try?
BICOM bioresonance stimulates the body to restore bodily functions through fine frequency oscillations. At the same time, it looks for all the possible stress factors that may have caused the burnout syndrome.
Electroacupuncture stimulates sensory nerves found under the skin and in the muscles. This in turn regulates bodily functions to restore health.
Homeopathy is a system of natural remedies based on the belief that the body can heal itself. Carefully selected herbs and minerals are used to promote the healing process. Two studies examined the effect of homeopathy on chronic fatigue syndrome. Both reported that homeopathy had beneficial effects on alleviation of symptoms. 1, 2
Integrative medicine, in which doctors combine conventional therapies with combinations of herbal and homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, diets, and psychological techniques according to individual circumstances
Nutrition therapy: in cases of chronic illnesses, it is important to have a balanced and varied diet with a wide variety of nutrients. A nutrition therapist will prepare an individualized diet plan.
Osteopathy focuses on manual techniques for muscle and connective tissue relaxation.
Weatherley-Jones E, Nicholl JP, Thomas KJ, Parry GJ, McKendrick MW, Green ST, Stanley PJ, Lynch SP. A randomised, controlled, triple-blind trial of the efficacy of homeopathic treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome. J Psychosom Res. 2004;56(2):189–197.
Awdry R. Homeopathy may help ME. Int J Alternat Complement Med.