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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a frequently diagnosed condition in both men and women. It is marked by difficulty in performing routine everyday activities, persistent tiredness lasting for several months, with simplest tasks exhausting one’s energy. No underlying medical condition that can explain the condition and worse, a good sleep doesn’t energize someone suffering chronic fatigue.
Symptoms can intensify with physical or mental activity, it can also impair memory, focus and concentration. Dizziness from movement – getting up, sitting or lying down. Some also experience headaches, muscle and or joint pain, lymph node enlargement in head & neck. Severity of symptoms can vary.
As debilitating it is for the person suffering, it has a huge impact on others who are in the circle of a person, especially the family of someone suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Sometimes it’s abbreviated as ME/CFS. Recently also known as systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).
This complex condition is baffling to diagnose as symptoms manifest differently in individuals, and the triggers for Chronic Fatigue are as yet unknown and ongoing studies still cannot conclusively prove causes. A predisposition from birth and a combination of factors like viral infections, a slightly impaired immune system, hormonal imbalance, severe emotional trauma or physical injury may lead to onset of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Chronic Fatigue is not a psychiatric disorder or depression, although it might lead to depression in those who suffer from it. Coping mechanism takes a toll due to the chronic nature leading to depression, but it can be treated, just like all other symptoms.
Other complications of chronic fatigue are lifestyle restrictions, social isolation and work related absences which can be a vicious cycle, one leading to another.
Considering many symptoms parallel low-T or hypogonadism a simple blood test will help ensure if low-t levels are causing chronic fatigue, or eliminate other hormonal issues and diagnose syndrome. TRT therapy or Testosterone Replacement is an established, medically proven intervention to increase T – levels.
TRT therapy can positively impact symptoms, relieving the chronic fatigue, improving quality of sleep, invigorating energy levels so quality of life improves all around. Improved sex life, and muscle mass is another bonus from TRT therapy. Testosterone can be topically applied as a cream, which is a superior way to replenish as close to nature intended, or periodic injections ranging from bi-weekly to a few weeks. Injections can also be self-administered and is also a common practice by those undergoing TRT therapy.
Based on the blood test results where many other hormone levels are also tested, the optimum dosage of testosterone will be determined by the therapist. Welcome news for someone suffering from chronic fatigue is that all this can be done discreetly from the privacy of home. Medications also can be delivered so as to avoid stress.