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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: On The Exhaust Trail

Sunday 5 May 2019


From Indian news outlet The Weekly:


CFS Faces
(Imaging: Rajesh A.S.)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: On the exhaust trail

CFS is characterised by intense physical and mental exhaustion

By Mini P Thomas
May 4, 2019
Copyright © 2019 All rights reserved.

Dr Priyadarshini Deo, 52, would hit the wall like a marathoner by the time she would get back home from work.

The exhaustion wouldn't go away with rest or sleep. “Many people think if you take rest, you recover from fatigue. It was not like that. I felt tired all the time and would have cervicogenic headaches (that develop in the neck) and a lot of muscular pain,” says Deo, a counsellor at the Centre for Cancer and Palliative Medicine, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai. At times, she would feel foggy in the head and have difficulty concentrating. “It affected my quality of life so much that it led to a kind of social isolation,” she says.

Deo was later diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), a condition wherein extreme fatigue occurs without an obvious reason. “If someone has persistent fatigue, we look for the causes. CFS is diagnosed when the causes of fatigue like hormonal imbalances are ruled out,” says Dr Ambrish Mithal, chairman, endocrinology and diabetology, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurugram.


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