Friday, December 14, 2012

How normal fatigue differs from CFS

Note: The article below is the corrected version of an earlier one. After
an activist alerted Dr. Jason to errors in the story, he contacted the
reporter and together they worked to correct the mistakes. The article
erroneously stated among other things that "Sleepiness can turn into
chronic fatigue syndrome." Dr. Jason did not say that. The error was
inadvertently introduced during the editing phase.

Please note that from time to time in any article on any subject there can
be errors introduced by an editor who is working on deadline to strengthen,
clarify and potentially shorten an article. Errors are not intentional and
in most cases publications are more than happy to work with a source to fix
such errors. ( This is not the same thing as a source being correctly
quoted, but the reader disagrees with the statements made by the source.)


*Prevention News*
How Normal Fatigue Differs From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome How Tired Is Too

What your fatigue could really mean

by Markham Heid

If you're like a lot of people, the last time you hopped out of bed with a
spring in your step was Christmas morning when you were five—and you were
probably tired then, too. Whether it's your nutty schedule, a cat who won't
let you sleep for more than five consecutive minutes, or plain old stress,
it's usually pretty easy to see why you're dragging. Except when it's not:
New research warns that feeling fatigued too often can be a sign of some
eye-opening problems.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious condition characterized by
ongoing feelings of sleepiness that aren't alleviated with more rest, and
don't seem linked to other health problems. And while researchers have yet
to nail down the cause of CFS, a new study, published in the *Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics*, suggests that chronic inflammation might actually be behind the problem.

So how can you figure out whether your tiredness is CFS? Keep tabs on how
often you suffer from daytime lulls, says CFS expert Leonard Jason, PhD,
director of the Center for Community Research at DePaul University. Fatigue
for short periods of time is normal, whereas fatigue that lasts for days or
weeks is not.

"If you take a vacation from work, or spend a weekend catching up on sleep,
you should feel better," he says. If that doesn't help, then the issue may
be more serious, he says.

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