It causes you to feel so tired that you can’t complete normal, daily activities. In some cases, chronic fatigue syndrome develops after an illness such as flu, or after a period of unusual stress. But it may also develop without warning, even if you have not been sick.
The usual symptoms are tiredness and exhaustion that had lasted for months. It doesn't improve with rest. Other long term symptoms include forgetfulness, memory loss and difficulty concentrating, tender lymph nodes, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, depression and unrefreshing sleep.
CFS causes symptoms that are the same as many other diseases, especially early on. For this reason, it can be diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation has ruled out other conditions with similar symptoms.
CFS affects approximately 500,000 Americans. The disease has no known cause and there is no test that can measure for it.
Factors that may trigger CFS:
1. Infectious disease - many CFS sufferers state that their condition started after a flu-like illness, although there is no specific correlation between CFS and infectious agents.
2. Mental or physical stress - one study recorded that one-third of patients reported a stressful event prior to onset of CFS. Unresolved emotional and mental stress that lingers on causes a huge energy drain in the mind and body. Stress over works the adrenal glands, which specifically deal with all survival responses in relation to any form of stress. Adrenal exhaustion.will result to CFS symptoms.
3. Immune disorders - increased production of cytokines, decreased natural killer cells, alterations in T cell expression, or increased allergies or autoimmune diseases have been found in many patients with CFS.
Other factors are oxidative stress, amalgam toxicity, low blood pressure and hormonal abnormalities.
CFS patients are frequently lacking in some nutrients like vitamin B6, folate, lipoic acid and essential fatty acids.
Research has also reported that glutathione is depleted in people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and that this deficiency causes their muscular fatigue and myalgia.
Glutathione (GSH) is a tripeptide comprised of the amino acids glutamine, cysteine and glycine. It is a naturally occurring protein made by and used by every cell in the body. Without adequate glutathione, mitochondrial oxygen metabolism produces large numbers of free radicals, which causes cells to perform poorly or die.
How to optimize your glutathione levels:
Eat sulfur rich foods (garlic, onions and the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, etc.).
Whey protein (Choose non-pasteurized and non-industrially produced milk that contains no pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics.)