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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What is chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition characterized by profound tiredness, regardless of bed rest. CFS symptoms may actually worsen with physical or mental activity. It can occur suddenly and last for years. It affects two to four times more females than males.

What are the causes of CFS?

Exact causes for CFS are unknown yet. However, some of the factors that may be responsible for this disease are:

When a neurinoma develops, it may cause any/all of the following:

  • Viral infections
  • Immune system problems
  • Hormonal imbalance
What are the symptoms of CFS?

Specific treatment for acoustic neurinoma will be determined by your physician based on:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Muscular pain
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
  • Moving pain from one joint to another without swelling
  • Pattern headache that is severe
  • Uncomfortable sleep

Treatment may include surgery to remove small acoustic neurinomas. Surgery for larger tumors is complicated by the probable damage to hearing, balance, and facial nerves. Another treatment option is radiosurgery, often called the “gamma knife,” using carefully focused radiation to reduce the size or limit the growth of the tumor.

How can CFS be treated?

The treatment for CFS depends on the type of symptoms you experience. You may be given certain medications to relieve symptoms like antidepressants and sleeping pills. At times, exercise and psychological counselling may also help.