Tuesday, March 17, 2015

What Is Chronic Fatigue Depression And How to Prevent It

I could research the net and go on about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM)... but today, I'm too tired to go to all that effort (pun intended !)

So today, I will share something I do know about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) .. I know about CFS quite well as I've lived with it for over 12 years..

Chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS is a puzzling condition wherein the afflicted experiences fatigue, tiredness and physical pain for a long period of time.  It is believed that there are over 2 million people who experience CFS in America. Chronic fatigue syndrome can frequently cause problems with work and social adjustment.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS can be a very devastating problem if not treated with sufficient care and concern. Fatigue is defined as feelings of extreme exhaustion and tiredness. A person who suffers from chronic fatigue feels restless and is not able to perform his daily duties as he or she does not have the energy to do so.

Chronic fatigue depression is a complex disorder that cannot be improved by bed rest but instead deteriorates by any activity. People with intense fatigue often function at a significantly lower level of activity than they were capable of before the onset of illness.

It is widely perceived that there is no cure for fatigue syndrome. Sleeping, bed rest, and even relaxation will not much help in relieving chronic fatigue syndrome. As the body experiences physical pain and depression, it is also known as fibromyalgia syndrome. A person who is suffering from fatigue will be aware of what is happening to them, but is unable to do anything so as to function better.

Even healthy people are affected by this condition. They may experience weakness, extreme fatigue and also experience problems in concentration, muscles or lymph nodes and severe pain in joints. As per statistics it is women who are likely to be affected by chronic fatigue syndrome.

How To Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome treatments are complex as the illness itself and there are no specific drugs in the form of medication, or anti-depressants for CFS.

Monday, March 2, 2015

What Is Sleep Apnea And How Is it Different From Narcolepsy

Since I was “technically” an epileptic, I was on the usual anti-epileptic drugs. However, little did the doctors realize that my real problem was narcolepsy and sleep apnea. Can’t blame the doctors because narcolepsy is usually mistaken to be a fainting or a seizure disorder.

As of now, my epileptic seizures have virtually disappeared, thanks to a good stress-reduction plan and my midday naps and good support from all around.

Another point I noticed was that I now rarely sleep off while watching television or at work, which was a pretty common thing during the earlier days. In other words, my sleep apnea and narcolepsy symptoms have also gone away..

But, what is sleep apnea and narcolepsy?