Also known as Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a disease which is becoming increasingly common all over the world. People in the age group of 30-50 years, especially women, are particularly prone to be suffering from this condition. It is alarming, however, is that nowadays even teenagers and adolescents are complaining about CFS-like symptoms.

Common Signs / Symptoms of CFS

Apart from severe fatigue which has lasted for about more than six months, people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may simultaneously experience a combination of three to four other symptoms. These include chronic insomnia or sleeping abnormalities, sore throat or flu-like symptoms, mild fever, and chronic body aches. The condition, whose symptoms may altogether disappear for days altogether and then suddenly return out of the blue, does end up taking a big toll on our lifestyle, limiting and seriously affecting the overall functional status of our body.

Additional Consequences

These signs and symptoms only tend to get worse as we exert our body during the course of the usual, day-to-day activities, wherein taking sufficient rest also does not seem to work so much. Actually, as a matter of fact some of these signs and indications may not even be able to get ourselves out of bed due to severe pain and tiredness. Over a period of time, CFS could even affect our short term memory, thus making it difficult for us to concentrate, or even lead us to depression of sorts. This remains more or less a lifelong problem and while a permanent cure seems a long shot, there is nothing definite that may promise preventing the very onset of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. And although a combination of factors might come into play, the exact cause behind this condition remains unknown so far. It is believed, however, that those who have someone in their family suffering from a similar problem may be at an increased risk of suffering from CFS.

Related to Deficiency of Mecobalamin (B12)

At the same time, it has also been observed that those suffering from a Mecobalamin (B12) deficiency might also be prone to experiencing the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Methylcobalamin, also known as Methyl-B12 or Mecobalamin, happens to be the most commonly available coenzyme form of Vitamin B12 (cobalamin). When people are down with autoimmune disorders and / or various blood cell conditions, including pernicious anaemia, can bring down our body’s natural defence mechanism, and cause the onset of what we call ‘chronic fatigue’. Now, since Methyl-B12 is directly involved in the production of RBCs in our body, its adequate consumption may help prevent or provide relief from the problem of CFS. At the same time, it also goes a long way in addressing the symptoms of depression, immune problems, Bell’s palsy, heart disease and even cancer, for that matter. It helps lift our overall mood by raising the amount of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMs) in our body, thus reducing stress levels, both physical and mental. Please note that any deficiency of B12, on the other hand, might seriously affect our health, including our brain function, and bring down our mood, apart from causing sleep disorders.

Preventing B12 Deficiency

Some of the richest sources of B12 include poultry, fish, meat and dairy products. Although when it comes to plant-derived sources, very few of them have the ability to provide sufficient vitamin B12, and that too is available in a limited amount. These may include spinach leaves, fermented soybeans and certain variety of mushrooms. Another way to prevent the deficiency of vitamin B12 in our body is to consume its supplements, and for obvious reasons, vegetarians and vegans are especially recommended these supplements.

Taking To Lifestyle Measures

Although the curative options, which may provide a temporary relief from CFS, usually involve stress management sessions, cognitive behavioural therapies and medication such as anti-depressants, anxiety drugs, aspirin, Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), etc. Also, reducing overall caffeine, alcohol and nicotine intake may allow them to sleep better at night. Yet, opting for some positive lifestyle measures may do good. It has been observed that socializing more frequently, setting up a moderate exercising routine including yoga and massage, and indulging in outdoor physical activities of their choice are few other lifestyle modifications which might help people suffering from CFS elevate their mood and perhaps, make them somewhat active in the long run.


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