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ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Stress

Can Stress Cause Or Contribute To
ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Stress can be a cause of ME/CFS, and also can worsen ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms dramatically...

 

Please note: Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are believed to fall under the umbrella term 'ME/CFS'. To make it easier for you to read through this page, Sleepydust will use the term 'ME/CFS' to refer to them collectively. But it's worth bearing in mind that each of these separate terms have overlapping but different definitions.

Extreme physical or mental stress can be a cause of ME/CFS. In fact, research has shown that ME/CFS may well be caused by an abnormal immune system response to stress.

'Yuppie Flu'...

ME/CFS has been known to be particularly widespread among people who have stressful jobs. This may explain why ME/CFS was incorrectly referred to by the media as 'Yuppie Flu' in the 1980s. The mistake was the assumption that it only affected 'middle-class high achievers'.

Not only was this name misleading, but it also unfortunately trivialized the seriousness of the illness (or what is now believed to be sub-groups of illnesses).

Contrary to the 'Yuppie Flu' label (thankfully no longer being used), ME/CFS can affect anyone.

You can learn more about who ME/CFS affects here...

 

"Your Body Just Can't Manage Stress As Well As It Used To..."

It's all got to do with your endocrine system...

Research has shown that, when you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome you are likely to have low levels of the stuff in your body that helps to control how you react to stress. These low levels can cause lots of the symptoms that are linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome including extreme fatigue, and brain fog.

 

Stress Can Also Worsen ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms...

Not only can stress be a cause of ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but stress can also worsen ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms dramatically. So beware. If there's one invaluable tip I've learned for managing ME/CFS, it's to try to keep your stress levels low (easier said than done, I know).

You can check out some popular stress management books here...

You may also be interested in reading more about stress management here...

 

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