Yoga for Chronic Fatigue

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or (ME) myalgic encephalomyelitis  is a complicated disorder characterised by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and which cannot be fully explained by an underlying medical condition. The fatigue is so bad that it hampers day to day activities which the person could easily do before becoming ill. The fatigue worsens with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.

The cause of CFS or ME is unknown but some experts now believe it might be triggered by a combination of factors ranging from viral infections and a compromised immune system to hormonal imbalances and physical or emotional trauma.

Symptoms

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome can vary from person to person, and the severity of symptoms can fluctuate from day to day. Signs and symptoms may include:

 

  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Problems with memory or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
  • Unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Dizziness that worsens with moving from lying down or sitting to standing
  • Difficulty falling asleep or un-refreshing sleep
  • Extreme exhaustion after physical or mental exercise

Diagnosis

There is no definitive test for CFS/ME. And chronic fatigue can often be caused by other conditions like Insomnia, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, IBS, thyroid conditions and mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

Treatment

There is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome but symptoms can be managed with pain medication, steroids, therapy and exercise.

Yoga & Chronic Fatigue

According to yoga philosophy, most chronic conditions are born out of unresolved conflict in the mind. The mind and body are not separate and what happens in one affects the other.

Research is now beginning to show that gentle yoga especially isometric yoga, can be every effective for managing chronic fatigue and chronic pain as in Fibromyalgia.

While mindfulness-based yoga is known to work on the mind- body connection often leading to healing from inside out.

Both of which corroborate the anecdotal evidence that has been around for a long, long time.

Below is a link to one of the studies.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4269854/