Chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating disorder characterized by intense fatigue that cannot be cured with sleep. People with chronic fatigue syndrome often feel so tired that they can’t do even half of their normal daily activities and the feeling of fatigue doesn’t go away, even with more rest. Twice as many women as men are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Some of the common symptoms that may come and go include: muscular pain, joint pain, severe headaches, poor short-term memory and concentration, difficulty organising thoughts and finding the right words, sleeping problems such as insomnia, unrefreshing sleep etc

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a multifactorial condition and requires complex management, which must begin with a rigorous clinical evaluation to rule out other possible causes of fatigue. The treatment depends upon the condition that is causing the fatigue, regardless of wether it is physical, psychological or a combination of the two. More importantly, the early recognition of fatigue will allow a person to seek medical care and potentially have an earlier diagnosis of the underlying cause. If you suspect your fatigue is due to poor eating habits, changing your diet may be what you need to feel energized daily. 

Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Good health begins with a good diet. To get more energy, you need to cut down on processed foods. Choose organic vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, lean meat, poultry, fish, and healthy fats. The healthier your diet, the healthier and more energetic you feel.
  • You may think that exercise will make things worse when you’re already feeling chronically exhausted but it can actually help you feel better. Walking is an easy, low-impact way to improve your circulation, boost your immune system, and keep you feeling more energetic.
  • Address nutrient deficiencies: Each person’s physical make-up and nutritional requirements are unique. A nutritionist will help you improve your nutritional status by recommending an appropriate diet to address nutrient deficiencies. 
  • Avoid smoking and cut down excessive alcohol consumption since they contribute to fatigue, and are unhealthy and potentially dangerous. 
  • Demanding jobs, conflicts at work and burnout are common causes of fatigue. Take steps to address your work problems. 

By: Kepha Nyanumba: Afya Pap Nutritionist

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