The Condition that is Chronic Fatigue
CFS/ME has different health presentations with diagnostic crossovers that can manifest in similar ways. Diagnosed as a group of significantly debilitating medical conditions, which are characterized by persistent fatigue and other specific symptoms, lasting for a minimum of six months in adults and three months in children or adolescents.
Generally the condition will have an initial activator, which tends to be viral. Unfortunately after the initial activator and even if the person recovers, the virus will have changed cells at cellular/mitochondrial level, meaning the syndrome that is CFS/ME will stay dormant in the cells until a trigger causes another bout.
The illness causes an inflammatory reaction at mitochondrial (the energy making part of a cell) level, which in turn impairs cellular respiration and the function of ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, which is the major energy currency of every cell. ATP is the “most widely distributed high-energy compound within the human body, used to build complex molecules, contract muscles and generate electricity in nerves. All fuel sources of Nature, all foodstuffs of living things, produce ATP, which in turn powers virtually every activity of the cell and organism. Lack of ATP is a little like our bodies being in “flight mode”, or in anaerobic respiration and is simply not sustainable over a long period of time. The body therefore begins to shut down to protect itself and its organs and another bout of CFS/ME is triggered.
MRI scans have shown that when patients with CFS/ME are having a “bout/crash” of the illness, there is a difference between their brain scans and that of other individuals classed as “normal” in brain activity. There can also be a reduced pulse rate, drop in blood pressure, blood flow around the body and through the heart muscles, which in turn has an impact on the brain, shown on the scans, where blood flow is slower and areas relative to cognition in the brain don’t function fully.
The medical profession has, on occasion split the condition of CFS/ME into two, placing people into either the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome camp or the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis camp. Whichever the camp and whatever the beliefs of individual professionals, the conditions are similar if not in fact one in the same, having dramatic health negatives and long term impact on an individual.
CFS/ME as mentioned has varying symptoms, although the fatigue is always a present factor, the illness can manifest and change over short periods of time, or during the course of the years. This can be age dependent, hormone related etc…
Please see some of the daily triggers that can cause each separate recurring “crash”.