Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a debilitating and life changing condition characterised by feeling tired all the time. Because it is difficult to see, diagnose and treat, many people doubt it’s there. But, for sufferers, it can drastically change their lives.
Is chronic fatigue syndrome the same as ME or feeling tired all the time?
Chronic fatigue syndrome is also known as ME. This stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis.
Some people never get diagnosed as this can be a difficult and lengthy process. They simply know that they feel tired all the time. There may be other reasons for this, but the treatments can be the same.
Chronic fatigue symptoms
The main symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome is feeling tired all the time. This tiredness doesn’t really improve with rest.
Other symptoms can include:
- Feeling dizzy or sick
- Heart palpitations
- Sleep disorders
- Body aches
- Hair loss
- Sore throat
- Flu like symptoms
- Problems with mental tasks
- Concentration issues
Chronic fatigue test
There is no specific test for chronic fatigue syndrome. Consequently, it’s usually diagnosed when you present with these symptoms and a physician rules out other possible medical causes. However, it does not need to be officially diagnosed for you to seek help with the symptoms.
Will I always feel tired all the time?
Chronic fatigue sufferers usually experience good and bad times as symptoms worsen and improve over time. Anything you can do to address the cause, put management and coping mechanisms in place, and to provide yourself with relief is worthwhile. Many people can experience complete relief with the right treatment.
Feeling tired all the time
Living with chronic fatigue syndrome can be draining. You may miss out on social interactions or other everyday activities. You may struggle to work and could develop low self-esteem.
Depending on the severity of symptoms you may have to give up hobbies and past times and spend a lot of time in bed. You may have trouble sleeping and often feel anxious or depressed. You may struggle with motivation and productivity.
Chronic fatigue and depression
Depression can either be the cause of or a symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome. Long-term pain, lack of sleep and everyday difficulties can cause depression which, in turn, worsens the condition. It can lead to negative thought patterns and beliefs that can stick around long after other symptoms dissipate.
Chronic fatigue causes
The exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown. I often see people suffering with CFS who push themselves very hard. Workaholics and high achievers who suddenly find they can’t cope anymore. These people often strive for perfectionism and show signs of approval seeking behaviour. They may not feel that they are ever good enough and are always striving for that next step or achievement.
These behaviour and thought patterns are often developed during childhood or necessitated by life events. However, they are not sustainable and it’s important to change them before the problem gets out of hand.
Other possible causes of chronic fatigue may include:
Chronic fatigue syndrome treatment
Some chronic fatigue syndrome treatment just aims to relieve the symptoms. Many doctors may attempt to treat the condition with medications such as painkillers, sleeping pills or anti-nausea drugs. These may provide some short term relief but are often only masking the signs and people can build up a reliance on these drugs.
Alternatively, exercise regimes are sometimes prescribed. Of course, these can be especially difficult for someone who is already tired.
Exercise for CFS
Some people prescribe graded exercise routines as a treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome. They involve gradually building up your physical capabilities. These programs are very challenging and many people do not feel like they help. Others try this alongside other treatments to try and address all their symptoms and issues.
Diet and vitamins for CFS
A healthy, balanced diet should help with chronic fatigue syndrome but the symptoms can make it difficult to spend time cooking in the kitchen or eating some foods. Vitamins and supplements may be helpful to fill any gaps in your diet.
Can hypnotherapy treat chronic fatigue syndrome?
Undoubtedly, yes. Chronic fatigue syndrome treatment is one of my areas of expertise. Multiple psychological factors are involved in CFS. Hypnotherapy can help with the everyday struggles, depression, sleep issues, energy levels, motivation, productivity, relaxation and more.
It is also the perfect tool to readdress negative thought patterns and behaviour cycles which may have contributed to the problem in the first plan. Thought patterns and behaviours that have become so ingrained they are hard to change alone. Left unchecked though, they can lead to more and more tiredness and exhaustion.
Help for chronic fatigue syndrome
Together we can work to help you understand and accept your condition. Take control over how you feel, help you manage your life and change your attitude towards your situation. Challenge negativity, foster positive outcomes and help you improve.
We can address the underlying thought processes and behaviour cycles that may have contributed to your tiredness in the first place. Finally, we can treat symptoms such as depression and insomnia, and uncover any behaviour cycles that are worsening your condition or leading to setbacks and relapses.
What do I do now?
Every person with chronic fatigue is different. But, hypnotherapy for chronic fatigue can help almost everyone in one way or another. Many people gain complete relief from the condition after hypnotherapy treatments.
With so little help out there for this difficult condition, what have you got to lose?
Alix Needham Hypnotherapy
Please do contact me for more information or to book your first session.