Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Everyone feels tired after a day-long work either in the office or at home. We sometimes feel tired after an exhausting journey. But, we recover soon after some good rest.

The fact about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is that the fatigue doesn’t go away with rest, but continues and is accompanied by many other medical complications. Doctors say that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is not a single disorder but a combination of many disorders. Likewise, the symptoms are also many. It gets worsened by physical or mental activities.

The top symptoms:

  1. Extreme tiredness or unbearable fatigue: Even after taking rest, you don’t feel rejuvenated. You feel this kind of tiredness is new and you don’t think that the work you are doing at present is the cause. The tiredness is unexplainable and prolonging.
  2. Cognitive symptoms: Weak memory, lack of concentration and unclear speech (dysphasia) are some of the cognitive symptoms. Your attention is short-lived. At times you feel confused with numbers. Spatial disorientation also prevail.

3. Recurrence of flu-like symptoms: You have mild fever with severe cough. You have sore throat. You feel that the lymph nodes in your neck and under the armpit are sore and enlarged. Sometimes the lymph nodes become very soft. You have constant pain on your joints and muscles with no swelling or redness. Joint pain moves from one joint to another. Muscles are weak. You feel this pain all over the body or at multiple points. You experience unusual and never- before headaches with different version of severity.

4. Sleep disorder: You have your full quota of sleep at night; but feel completely exhausted after you wake up. You don’t feel fresh with a good amount of sleep. Your stamina is running low.

5. Post-exertion malaise: you love exercising every day. But your body hurts even after 24 hours of exercising. Instead of feeling refreshed, you feel less energized. You are unable to do any kind of exercise – physical or mental.

6. Sensation-related CFS: This is identified with earache, numbness, stiffness in the morning, burning sensation in the face and the jaw pain. Sometimes you may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome which includes abdominal pain and nausea.

7. Depression and irritability: This is characterized by personality changes and mood swings.

8. Cardiac respiratory symptoms: The main symptoms are irregular heartbeats, chest pain and respiratory infections

9. General Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  1. Bad allergies and rashes which appears new; old ones worsens; Alcohol intolerance. (Sensitivity and intolerance)
  2. Visual blurring, eye pain and dry eyes.
  3. Changes in body weight
  4. Dry mouth and ringing in the ears
  5. Frequent and recurrent infections

CFS is diagnosed after your doctor rules out other possibilities for your extreme tiredness.

Doctors don’t specify any particular cause for this CFS. They feel some people are prone to this disorder by birth.

Triggers of CFS:

Viral Infection: Doctors suspect that Epstein-Barr, herpes virus 6 and mouse leukemia are the culprits for CFS. However, there is no exact evidence that these viruses cause CFS.

Impaired Immune system: It is believed, some people who have impaired immune system develop CFS. Again, it is yet to be proved whether this impairment could cause CFS.

Hormonal imbalances: Abnormal blood levels of hormones are found in some glands like Hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal. There is no evidence about the significance of this abnormalities in developing CFS.

The Risk factors include sex, age and lifestyle.

CFS is commonly found in women who are in between 40 and 50. People who are obese and lead an inactive lifestyle are more prone to CFS.

Therapy: Medical practitioners generally prescribe two-folded therapy combining psychological counseling and a mild exercise regime. Therapy mainly focuses on the symptoms.

Psychological counseling is necessary to come out of the restrictions that you have on you because of CFS. By improving and taking control of your life, you will slowly come out of fatigue.

A physio therapist will help you chalk out an exercise therapy starting from slow moving of your limbs and some stretching. Gradually you can increase the intensity and the time of your exercise.

There are some self-care procedures also. Lifestyle changes like improving your sleep patterns and leading a stress-free life, avoiding caffeine intakes will help you a lot. Try to balance your activities in a well planned way. Too much or too less is not good for you.

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

It is said that we can find a man in a woMAN and a male in a feMale! How true it is! In our life we come across many women – mother, sister, wife and daughter. Though they are called as weaker sex, nobody can judge their inner strength. Because of this inner strength, women hold very high positions in politics, business all over the world.

To show our respect, appreciation and love towards the women, March 8 is marked as International Women’s Day. Originally it was known as International Working Women’s Day.  We also observe this day to celebrate women’s achievements in every sphere of life.

At first it was a Socialist political event but slowly this day gained popularity and lost its political flavor, and nowadays it is celebrated almost all over the world. Men and children show their love towards the women in their life by way of greeting cards and flowers on this day.

The Socialist Party of America declared February 28th 1909 as National Women’s Day in the United States. This was the first women’s day. An International Women’s Conference was organized the very next year i.e., in August, 1910 to discuss about the 2nd International in Copenhagen.  Inspired by this, Luise Zietz, a German Socialist proposed the idea of celebrated ‘International Woman’s Day every year. Clara Zetkin seconded this proposal. But the date was not fixed at that conference. 100 women delegates  from 17 countries participated and they made plans to use this day to promote equal rights to women. The first International Woman’s Day was marked on 18th March, 1911. Women demanded right to vote and protested against sex discrimination in employment.

The first International Women’s Day was observed in Russia in 1913. Observance of International Women’s Day has brought welcome change in many fields for women. United Nations declared 1975 as International Women’s Year.

2011 was marked as the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. March 2011 was proclaimed as ‘Women’s History Month’ by the U.S. President Barack Obama.

In many countries women have accomplished a kind of freedom. We see a lot of women come out of their houses and work almost in all fields. They are well educated and well-earned also. We may say that they are monetarily independent but, it is sad that violence against women is still on the raise. Every step a woman takes she faces a sort of unwillingness to accept her. She is eve-teased by college mates, under estimated by her colleagues in the offices. This is the usual phenomenon everywhere in the world. She has to struggle to get her the place she is normally deserved for.

The modern woman is trying her level best to balance her family as well as her job. It is something like riding on two horses at the same time. Women are well known for multi-tasking; but this multi-tasking take toll on their health. A woman can achieve anything if her family supports, understands, and nourishes her.

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Symptoms Of Heart Attack In Women

September 29th being the World Heart Day, this article tries to bring some awareness among women about the Symptoms of heart attack in women, ways to reduce the risks and increase the chances of survival.

Myocardial infarction or a heart attack occurs when a blood vessel is blocked and unable supply blood to the heart.

Women enjoy a fairly good health  during their reproductive age and once they attain menopause, they become equally vulnerable to heart diseases like men. Over one-third of death among women occurs because of CVD (Cardiovascular disease) in America. This is on the higher side compared to breast, ovarian and cervical cancer deaths put together.

Symptoms of heart attack in women are different from men’s and their symptoms are not always strong.  There is no chest pain or only a slight discomfort is felt. Women mistake these signs as normal aging symptoms.

The most common early Symptoms of heart attack in women include

  • Unusual fatigue
  • Shortness of breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Feeling anxious or depressed
  • Profound sweating
  • Discomfort or pain in the neck, shoulder blade and upper back
  • Heart burn

The risk factors:

The risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking habit, diabetic and a family history of heart diseases. The risks may be brought down by following a life style change, eating heart healthy diet and exercise.

Have a heart-talk with your doctor:

If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, diabetes and smoking habit then talk to your doctor. Know your blood pressure and cholesterol level and keep them under control. Being aware of your heart health is the first step to prevent heart diseases.

Be on the move:

Go for a regular walk or walk with your dog. Make walking your daily routine. This improves your health and reduces the risk of cardiac arrest. Even a little change in your sedentary life lowers your risks.

Say adieu to smoking:

Though it is a tough decision, quitting smoking will protect your heart. Get support from your family and friends and be determined. Use your will power to achieve this. Remember this is going to help you to lead a healthy life.

Have a heart healthy diet:

Leaving or restricting your favorite food is another difficult task for you. Make small changes one at a time and bit by bit. Increase the daily intake of fruits, switch over to low-fat dairy products, lessen your salt, keep away from fried items, eat  fast food once-in-a while. These slow but steady changes will make your heart stronger in the long run!

De-stress:

Stress or anxiety is the number one enemy of your heart.  Stress-management is essential to lower your risk of heart diseases. Find some good ways to calm you down in the midst of work pressure.

Heart disease runs in your family

If heart disease runs in your family, beware of the factors that trigger a heart attack and keep them in check. Have a regular vigilance over your normal symptoms which may become early warnings of a heart attack.

Never brush away your symptoms as regular ones. Have a heart healthy life!

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