Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, sometimes known as CFS or ME, is a distressing condition that impacts severely on the health and well-being of thousands of people in the UK.

There is no proven cause and no agreed diagnostic tests but the condition is defined as six months or more of persistent fatigue that disrupts life and doesn't get better with rest.

As a former sufferer myself I know just how debilitating and distressing the condition can be.

Symptoms will vary in severity from person to person, with the least effected still able to care for themselves although usually requiring days off work to rest. Those who are moderately effected may experience a reduction in mobility and disturbed sleep patterns.

Severe symptoms render sufferers unable to carry out every day tasks such as brushing teeth and often mean sufferers require the use of a wheelchair. Very severe symptoms will mean the inability to carry out everyday tasks, bed rest for the majority of the day, intolerance to noise and sensitivity to bright lights.

Symptoms usually include some of more more of the following:

  • chest pain
  • chronic cough
  • irregular heartbeat
  • multi-joint pain without swelling or redness
  • muscle pain
  • nausea
  • night sweats
  • shortness of breath.

You may also suffer the following:

  • Abdominal pain and digestive disturbances – These symptoms are similar to those of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Chronic headaches – Headaches are a common symptom of CFS and many sufferers report not only a heightened severity in pain but also that the headaches are far more frequent.
  • Cognitive impairments – This could range from poor concentration and short term memory loss to the inability to think clearly, organise and articulate yourself.
  • Exercise intolerance – Sufferers will often lack tolerance to exercise and though they may feel energetic before hand will usually become extremely exhausted very quickly rendering them unable to continue.
  • Heightened sensitivity to light and sound – Everyday noise will seem extremely loud and overwhelming to sufferers.
  • Psychological problems, such as depression, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks – Depression, anxiety and irritability are often present which frequently leads to misdiagnosis by doctors.
  • Recurrent sore throat – This symptom is often an indication of viral infection which is thought to play a role in the cause of the illness.
  • Sleep disturbances – The inability to sleep, waking early, too much sleep, disrupted sleeping patterns and sleep that does not leave you feeling revived and refreshed.
  • Overwhelming Fatigue – Tiredness is so severe that it limits everyday activities, is not eased by sleep and rest and can't be attributed to any other illness such as depression.

CFS is one of the most controversial conditions in medicine and doctors, researchers and patients struggle to agree on a name, definition or whether the condition actually exists.  But any sufferer will tell you that whatever the cause the condition affects every aspect of your life and can be extremely distressing.

Many of us who have suffered CFS/ME believe that the condition is usually triggered or made worse by a physical illness such as flu from which there is a very slow (or sometimes, seemingly, no) recovery with frequent relapses.

Fatigue is a common feature flu-like illnesses and I believe, as do many others, that CFS is a disruption of the brain's "central governor" and can cause the brain to trigger symptoms of fatigue as a way of protecting us from further harm.

Hypnotherapy can help to reset this "central governor" and to support the best medical advice which is to gradually increase physical and mental effort and to promote a paced and gradual recovery.

As always, I do offer a free consultation without obligation to anyone considering hypnosis to aid their recovery.  For more details please call me on 01267 290411 or 07752 438901.









Nick Brunger Hypnotherapy    Y Gegin Fach, Penllwynau, Nantgaredig, Carmarthen SA32 7NY

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