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Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

How does it work?

Acupuncture may help with the treatment of chronic fatigue by:


Stimulation of nerves in muscles and other tissues, leading to the release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes in pain pathways


Reducing inflammation by encouraging the release of immunomodulatory and vascular factors


Increasing melatonin secretion to improve sleep

Improving local microcirculation to relieve muscle stiffness and promote joint mobility

The main symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome is fatigue for over six months. People with CFS report feelings of persistent and overwhelming exhaustion or fatigue. They feel physically and mentally fatigued and their condition does not improve with sleep or rest. They are not refreshed after waking from sufficient sleep but feel just as tired as when they retired to bed.

Other common symptoms of CFS may include:

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Muscle or joint pain, malaise

  • Confusion, lack of concentration, memory decline

  • Inability to exercise or unusual tiredness after exercise

  • Headaches, sore throat

  • Anxiety, depression

  • Sensitivity to pain

Fatigue might be the only symptoms in CFS for some, while others will have a broad range of different symptoms. Some people experience mild symptoms and are able to manage the day while others experience severe symptoms that significantly impact their daily lives. Currently, no specific laboratory tests are used to diagnose CFS. Your doctor will diagnose CFS based on your clinical symptoms and how long you’ve been experiencing them. They may also conduct other tests to rule out other possible causes.

Jayne Almond Acupuncture Southampton
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