Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Sudden and severe exhaustion, the kind that knocks you off your feet and keeps you down for days. Intense headaches. Achy muscles and joints. A sore throat and swollen lymph glands. An inability to focus or concentrate on work, family, or fun.
If you’ve experienced these symptoms for six months or more, you might be dealing with something more than simple tiredness. You might have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Also known as CFS or CFIDS, people who struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome deal daily with the kind of exhaustion that interferes with and interrupts their lives.
While many of these symptoms can be attributed to a variety of causes, three simple questions can help pinpoint CFS. If you think you might be suffering from CFS, ask yourself the following:
- Is my fatigue relieved by sleep or rest?
- Is my fatigue the result of strenuous activity?
- Am I able to function as I normally would, despite my fatigue?
If you answered no to the questions above, you might be dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Over 1 million people in the US suffer from this disease, and while it can strike any age, gender, or racial group, it most often affects women in their 40s and 50s.
Once diagnosed by a doctor, CFS can be treated in a variety of ways, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, dietary changes, and counseling. In Wilmington, NC, a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome support group meets monthly at the Northeast Regional Library, and is a great source for emotional support and mental relief. For physical relief, many people have had success through alternative therapies, such as acupuncture. In fact, acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been found, in some studies, to be a safe and effective way to relieve the symptoms of CFS and help patients regain their energy and zest for life.
A study performed by the British Acupuncture Council found that acupuncture can help relieve Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, such as muscle and joint pain, headaches, sleep difficulties, and fatigue, by stimulating nerves in the muscles and other tissues. During a typical session for CFS, an acupuncturist will focus on the meridians around the kidney, liver, lungs, and spleen, all of which are connected to the immune system.
If you’ve been suffering from CFS, the time to rise and shine is now. Call Acupuncture Associates to schedule an acupuncture treatment today.