Post viral fatigue syndrome is a chronic (ongoing, long-term), inflammatory disorder that is mainly neurological in its make up. Post viral fatigue syndrome is a multisystemic disease that involves your cardiovascular, immune, musculoskeletal, endocrinological and central nervous systems.
Post viral fatigue syndrome is a complex and debilitating disorder. It is evidenced by chronic physical and mental exhaustion.
Post viral fatigue syndrome takes place far more often in women than it does in men. In fact, two to four times as many women are diagnosed with this disorder as men are.
Post viral fatigue syndrome is known by several other names. Some of the other names that are used for this condition are myalgic encephalomyeletis (ME), chronic fatigue syndrome and low natural killer cell disease, just to name a few.
Possible Causes for Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome
The cause of post viral fatigue syndrome has not yet been found. However, there are several things that have been set forth as being possible causes of this disorder. Some of these are:
- Some type of stubborn, persistent viral infection
- Anemia (iron-poor blood)
- Some kind of an environmental allergy
- Candidiasis (a yeast infection that affects all of your body)
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Mistaken attacks that are made by your immune system on your nervous system, musculoskeletal system and blood vessels.
If the last possible cause just stated is right, then it would mean that post viral fatigue syndrome is an autoimmune disorder. An autoimmune disease is a kind of disorder in which your immune system that normally attacks anything foreign that invades your body, for some unknown reason, attacks the tissues and cells of your own body.
Signs and Symptoms of Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome
The primary sign or symptom of post viral fatigue syndrome is debilitating, incapacitating fatigue that results in you having extremely poor stamina and feeling totally exhausted. In addition, however, there are many other signs and symptoms that you may experience, which may be an indication of post viral fatigue syndrome. Some of the possible signs and symptoms include:
- Subnormal or poor body temperature control that comes from circulation problems or difficulties
- Difficulties with your vision
- The development of flu-like signs and symptoms, such as pain in your joints and muscles
- Impairment in your mental (cognitive) processes
- Post-exertional malaise (generalized feeling of sickness, weakness or not being well that occurs after any type of exertion)
- Changes that take place in your sensory tolerance
- Not being able to have refreshing sleep
- Severe pain
- Impairment in you mobility
- Problems with your balance
- Having a sore throat and headache
- Difficulty with your coordination and speech
- Having tender lymph nodes.
The list of signs and symptoms above is not an exhaustive one. There are many other different signs and symptoms that have been reported by people who are afflicted with post viral fatigue syndrome. These signs and symptoms that people report vary and fluctuate in severity and intensity. The degree of impairment and complexity that is brought about by this disorder depends on the degree of organ involvement and diffuse brain injury that you experience.