In today's busy world of balancing a home, career, spouse, kids, and your own hobbies and interests, you're bound to be tired from time to time. But what if you feel like you're always tired? You sleep at night, but you just don't feel rested, to the point where it affects your ability to be focused and productive.
If this feeling of tiredness and lack of energy has been going on for six months or more, it could be Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, CFS now affects up to four million Americans. While CFS is very real (especially for those who suffer), an accurate diagnosis is difficult because there are no tests to detect it. Often times, it's a process of elimination, as your doctor rules out other possible causes with similar symptoms like mononucleosis, fibromyalgia, other sleep disorders, depression, and even some side effects of medications. Of course, fatigue is the primary symptom, but it goes beyond a general tiredness that isn't remedied with bed rest, and is accompanied by other symptoms, such as:
- Exhaustion (and even illness) lasting more than 24 hours after performing physical activity
- Sleeping problems
- Difficulty concentrating or memory loss
- Joint and muscle pain
- Sore throat and tender lymph nodes
If you think you may be suffering from chronic fatigue and/or the other symptoms mentioned above, talk to your AppleCare physician. While Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not readily diagnosed, it is important to rule out other possible illnesses and work together to develop a plan to get you feeling better, more rested, and back to your normal self.