Posted June 23, 2017
If you experience extreme fatigue that doesn’t improve with extra sleep and rest, you may be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Usually, the disorder develops slowly and is accompanied by other unexplained health problems. Here are some symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome as featured in Reader’s Digest:
- Sleep exhaustion – People with chronic fatigue syndrome often feel tired, even after getting extra shut-eye. They also may have insomnia, which can contribute to feelings of exhaustion and tiredness.
- Loss of memory and concentration – Stress and lack of sleep naturally can affect the ability to recall details and conversations, or to focus on a project or task. However, if the problem doesn’t improve, it could be a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Painful joints and muscles – After spending extended time gardening or raking leaves, the next morning you could wake up with joint stiffness and sore muscles. However, if the pain and swelling occur without a cause, your body may be fighting viruses that medical professionals believe cause chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Light sensitivity – People with chronic fatigue syndrome can get headaches from artificial light, such as fluorescent bulbs, and continually must squint to shade their eyes.
- Enlarged lymph nodes – Chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers often have swollen lymph nodes as their bodies fight the different viruses that can cause the condition.
- Nausea and vomiting – Normal activities, such as washing dishes, making a bed, or folding laundry can be suddenly difficult for people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Even these light activities can make them feel sick and nauseous.