World Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day, May 12th, 2020
Every year on May 12th, World Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day is organized in the memory of Florence Nightingale on her birth anniversary. From 1857 till her death in 1910, she suffered from a fatigue-related illness similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Fibromyalgia. The modern-day goal of this day is to create awareness among people about the causes, symptoms and preventive measures related to this chronic medical condition.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a chronic medical condition characterized by extreme fatigue or tiredness that doesn’t go even after taking rest and may last for more than six months. It limits the person’s ability from doing day to day activities. CFS is also called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), and the exact cause of the fatigue condition is not yet known.
The quality of life of a person suffering from CFS can be compromised. The World Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day aims to improve the quality of life of the affected people and to ensure facilities to treat this chronic illness at various healthcare organizations.
Symptoms Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The signs and symptoms which indicate a person is suffering from CFS include:
- Joint Pain
- Memory Loss
- Lack of Concentration
- Headaches & Irritability
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness) and Dizziness
- Sleep Problems
- Depression, Stress and Anxiety
- Flu-like symptoms
- Weakness & Muscle aches
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome commonly affects middle-aged people. Women are more likely to be affected than men. Overweight and inactive people are also at risk of developing CFS. It is also seen in individuals who are under extreme stress, have a sedentary lifestyle and odd working hours. On this world CFS day, let’s take the responsibility of creating awareness among our people and help them take a step towards a better quality of life.
“Don’t Let CFS Ruin Your Lifestyle.”
- Eat Healthy & Stay Healthy
- Exercise Daily & Be Fit
- Fix Your Sleeping Hours
- Avoid Physical & Emotional Stress
- Practise Yoga & Deep Breathing
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