Fatigue leads to physical disease if left untreated!

Chronic fatigue (syndrome) is a subjective symptom with a very imprecise definition, making it difficult to determine whether the condition is present or not. All other potential medical causes of fatigue must be excluded, and the accompanying symptoms must be specific. If fatigue lasts longer than a month, it is referred to as 'persistent fatigue,' and if it lasts longer than six months, it is referred to as 'chronic fatigue.' The majority of normal fatigue symptoms that anyone may experience are transient and disappear with rest; however, chronic fatigue that lasts for more than six months does not improve with rest and leaves the patient severely impaired. In general, chronic fatigue is four times more prevalent in women than in men, and it occurs most frequently in young adults between the ages of 25 and 45, though it can also affect children and the middle-aged. Therefore, self-diagnosis is required to monitor and manage one's condition continuously.

How to self-diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome

Even after sleeping, you remain tired and do not feel refreshed.
You cannot sleep well despite feeling tired.
You become forgetful and find it difficult to concentrate.
You frequently feel lethargic, anxious, and depressed for no apparent reason.
You experience frequent palpitations for no reason.
You frequently experience 'brain fog'.
After exercise or physical activity, you experience extreme fatigue that lasts for 24 hours.
Illnesses such as the common cold linger.
You experience frequent cramping of the arms and/or legs.
Your eyes feel dry and uncomfortable.
You yawn a lot or experience cold sweats.
You have swelling or tenderness of the lymph glands in the neck or armpits.
You experience pain in multiple joints.

※ Chronic fatigue syndrome should be suspected if four or more of these symptoms persist for at least six months.

Source: Daejeon Eulji University Hospital Health Column | Professor Oh Han-jin

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