Exercise as it relates to Disease/Aerobic Exercise Benefits on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Aerobic Exercise Benefits on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a medical disorder characterised by long term disabling, unexplained fatigue accompanied by several other specific symptoms, occurring over a minimum time period (6 months for adults/3 months for children). The exact cause of CFS is not understood, the symptoms are not caused by continued exertion, are not relieved by rest and are not a product of other medical conditions. There are theories on how the syndrome may develop, it is considered to have a complex and multifactorial aetiology.

CFS is more prevalent in adults than children and adolescents, and affects more women than men. CFS significantly impacts on the quality of life, health, happiness and productivity of affected individuals. It prevents most sufferers from being able to carry out daily activities.

Symptoms[edit | edit source]

CFS is characterised by persistent fatigue, accompanied by other specific symptoms including:

  • Mental and physical exhaustion
  • Post exertional Malaise
  • Unrefreshing Sleep
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Increased sensitivity to light, sound and smell
  • Headaches
  • Sore Throat
  • Depression or other psychological problems
  • Cardio-respiratory problems
  • Cognitive difficulties such as impaired memory or concentration

Treatments[edit | edit source]

Some treatments currently used to improve or manage the symptoms of CFS include Cognitive behavioural therapy, Pacing, Flexibility, pharmaceuticals.

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