Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is extremely frustrating to those who are suffering from it. Imagine a person waking up just as tired as he was when he went to bed. He may try to get a new mattress or pillow, go to bed early, sleep late, or sleep more often, but nothing works. No amount of rest alleviates the tiredness. That is because this is an actual medical condition that will not just go away through rest.
How does a person get diagnosed with CFS? There is no test that will confirm or deny this condition. Therefore, a person is required to go through a battery of tests that will rule out all other diseases. Here are some common symptoms that may indicate a person has chronic fatigue:
- Tender lymph nodes or a sore throat
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Physical or mental exercise make the fatigue worse
- Abnormal headaches
- Extra rest or sleep does not eliminate the fatigue
- Joint and muscle pain
- Experiencing these symptoms for more than 6 months
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Alleviating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Having a Healthy Spine
It may be hard to imagine, but a spinal misalignment can actually lead to the symptoms of chronic fatigue. The brainstem and the central nervous system are part of the upper cervical spine. The C1 and C2 vertebrae have the job of protecting the brainstem. Therefore, if a misalignment occurs in one of these bones, it can lead to pressure being put on the brainstem thereby causing it to send improper signals to and from the brain and body. This can be the underlying reason for fatigue.
By using a gentle, yet precise technique to help these bones naturally move back into alignment, the body can be helped to function at a higher level. Once the misalignment has been corrected through a few adjustments, many patients report improvement in their CFS symptoms. Some see it go away and never return.
Ferri, Fred MD. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2012 ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby; 2012
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