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    Chronic Fatigue And Your Teenage Daughter

    By Charlotte Gerber     

    If your teenage daughter seems exhausted all of the time and there doesnít appear to be any other medical reason for it, your child may be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). People who suffer from the disease are abnormally tired and have trouble just getting out of bed in the morning. People with chronic fatigue often sleep excessively and suffer muscle aches and pains for six months or longer.

    One of the biggest problems facing people with CFS is finding a physician that believes that their symptoms are real. While many physicians do believe that this medical problem exists, there are still quite a few who think it may just exist in their patientís heads. Therefore, if you suspect that you have this particular medical problem it is imperative to find a physician that believes in you.

    What Are The Symptoms Of CFS?

    The main identifying symptom of CFS is fatigue that keeps them from doing the things they previously enjoyed for six months or longer. Many people with CFS never get a restful sleep. Other symptoms that occur in patients with CFS include depression, swollen glands in the neck and armpits, muscle aches and pains and frequent headaches. Sufferers also report problems concentrating, remembering and thinking clearly.

    How Is CFS Diagnosed?

    There are currently no tests to identify CFS in patients. A diagnosis is made by eliminating other possible medical conditions and by evaluating the patientís symptoms.

    How Is CFS Treated?

    CFS can be treated many different ways since no two patientís symptoms are exactly alike. The treatment program that you will undertake depends on what your own physician recommends. Some of the symptoms such as headaches and muscle aches and pains can be treated with medication. Depression should be treated with the help of a counselor or psychologist familiar with chronic fatigue syndrome. Your health can also be improved with proper diet coupled with gentle stretching and exercising.

    Prognosis Of CFS

    People that have chronic fatigue syndrome can expect to live normal lives with the proper treatment. Currently there is no known cure for chronic fatigue syndrome. If you suspect that your adolescent daughter are suffering from CFS take them to a physician promptly. The depression aspect of this ailment can be very stressful for a young adult. In addition, your childís schoolwork may be suffering tremendously. The sooner a diagnosis can be made the sooner your child can resume their normal activities and begin enjoying life again. The International Association For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a great place to find out more information on this disease. This organization can be found on the Internet at www.aacfs.org.

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