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These problems are not identical across patients, but generally fall within a circle of issues. Most consistent, of course, is fatigue, or a continual sense of tiredness, even when not much energy has been expended. Patients commonly spend years following advice to adjust their diets or schedules to no avail, when in reality the level of exhaustion they are experiencing is distinctly outside the norm. Applied neuropsychology labs are currently investigating what may exist genetically or environmentally that causes CFS. Patients often suffer from depression and sleep issues as well, although the relationship between these symptoms is complicated.
There are also physical symptoms, but most of them are self-reported, rather than problems a doctor can view and treat externally. Most commonly patients will suffer from severe muscle pain or joint pain, often most noticeable upon waking. These symptoms do not present externally with swollen or reddened areas but are more like an extreme extension of the sense of exhaustion that pervades the syndrome. Another common issue faced by those dealing with CFS is the onset of headaches, and some also report soreness in the throat and tenderness in the lymph glands.
Some practitioners opt to treat fatigue in more standard ways, such as working on exercise schedules, sleep schedules, checking for low blood pressure, or even trying cognitive behavioral therapy. Research into anti-virals, immune system and Alzheimer’s drugs for CFS has not been successful yet, but applied neuropsychology has found stimulants a hopeful path.
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