Chronic Fatigue: An Antique + Sucky Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been floating around under a various names and assumptions for almost two hundred years. Yet we still do not know enough about it.

A Short History

In the 19th century an illness with Chronic Fatigue-like symptoms was first noted. Later disputed and labeled as psychiatric issues (Spoiler Alert: This happened a lot, even still to this day). In 1950’s pathology findings it was concluded that the illness was caused by inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

Even still the 1960’s and 70’s saw plenty of blame placed on psychosis and depression. New light was finally shed when Hippocrates magazine referred to CF symptoms as “Raggedy Ann Syndrome” to note the exhaustion and muscle weakness. Research gained speed but still through the 90’s the findings in medical journals were refuted. Arguments ensued, journal essays were redacted and no one could agree on anything.

In 2006 the CDC recognized CFS as a serious illness and launched an awareness campaign in June of that year.

Some Quick Nitty Gritty

A virus is the probable cause but in my professional opinion, Mitochondrial Dysfunction is a huge problem caused by the virus. You do not have to know science, I will explain this part- the Mitochondria, in short, is super important for our bodies to make energy. Let me drop some Mitochondrial knowledge on you real quick. 🙂

The Mayo Clinic Explanation

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and that can’t be fully explained by an underlying medical condition. The fatigue worsens with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.

The Diagnosis

There are currently no tests for diagnosis. Without abnormalities in the blood results, doctors are often left either scratching their heads or even telling the patient that there is in fact nothing wrong. This makes a strain on the doctor lacking proper diagnosis or treatment. The patient has it even worse as they leave without answers and without hope.

***If you have recently been diagnosed with CFS you may be interested in this post.

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