Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalsia are very common health conditions experienced by those who have been sexually abused as children.
There are many theories about what causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. But it still seems to be somewhat elusive and much more research needs to be done in this area to offer effective diagnosis, and understanding of the causes. And MOST importantly (for those of us who suffer from this) is for medical science and research to find an Effective Treatment!
We do know that many of us who have had the unfortunate experience of being molested or raped seem to suffer from this persistant pain that makes our bodies exhausted.
What seems to be commonly reported is constant exhaustion, even after a good nights sleep. Sleep does not seem to make a difference as many who suffer from chronic fatigue can sleep 8 hours, 10 hours, or 24 hours and still wake up exhausted.
Chronic Fatigue often includes some of all of these symptoms: Headache, Tender Lymph Nodes, Fatigue and Weakness, Muscle and Joint Aches, and Inability to concentrate.
There have been theories presented on what causes chronic fatigue syndrome. And theories have changed over the years. It would seem to be a somewhat elusive condition with various theories of what causes it and various suggestions for the relief from chronic fatigue.
Chronic Fatigue can be a very frustrating condition as it seems difficult to really have an effective treatment for it.
Here are a few resources to research and find help:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - This webpage has information on symptoms, and definition, and more.
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