Have you ever had a client who wasn’t really sure where their actual pain was…because it wasn’t actually pain they were feeling, but extremely debilitating exhaustion?
Being tired is common. But if someone is feeling depressed, anxious, and withdrawn, experiencing headaches, nausea, and other painful physical symptoms while their level of exhaustion is getting in the way of their everyday ability to function, they’re not just tired; they may have chronic fatigue syndrome.
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“It’s common to feel extremely tired these days. Especially with the busy lifestyle most of us are living.
With this lifestyle, it doesn’t take long for mind-numbing exhaustion to become a serious problem.
Combined with high levels of stress, it’s the perfect recipe for a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
The bad news is, an increasing number of people are struggling with CFS.
In fact, according to Virtual Medical Center, approximately 30 per 10,000 Australians are diagnosed with CFS. In America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 2.5 million people are afflicted with the disorder.
The actual rate of CFS may even be higher had it not been mistaken most of the time for ordinary fatigue. That’s because no specific tests or biological indications exist for chronic fatigue syndrome.
Only by ruling out every medical condition possible that may have caused the fatigue can the doctor diagnose a patient with CFS. Not a very reliable system.
This is why so many people who suspect they have CFS look to alternative medicine to get some relief. And this includes Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).”