Fatigue is defined by a lack of energy, depression, and a decreased desire to engage in physical activities. While it can be alarming as a parent to notice your child is tired or sleepy, we generally find that a tired child is not always a sick child. Some causes of exhaustion can be treated at home, while others may require a trip to the doctor.
Symptoms in Children and Adolescents
There hasn't been any research done to establish if JCFS symptoms differ from adult CFS symptoms. The exhaustion that people with CFS feel when they are tired is not the same as that which healthy people feel when they are tired. It's a certain kind of tiredness that can be rather severe. However, fatigue isn't the only symptom.
Many patients with CFS suffer from a symptom known as post-exertional malaise, which causes them to feel extremely weary after exercising and makes it difficult for them to recover. For two or more days following the original workout, someone with CFS would be unable to duplicate their performance. For many days, they may endure crushing weariness, widespread achiness, decreased mental functions, and flu-like symptoms.
Cognitive impairment aka 'brain fog,' is very common. Attention, short-term memory, vocal expressiveness, retention of what is read, and spatial orientation are some of the issues that might arise.
Some persons are severely disabled by only these symptoms, and they may also have a variety of additional ailments. CFS can also cause the following symptoms:
CFS sufferers frequently have comorbid illnesses. These can be mistaken for symptoms, but they may require distinct diagnosis and treatment. The following are examples of overlapping conditions:
What Should I Expect?
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a difficult condition to live with. However, for the majority of people, the symptoms are the most severe at first. They may return at a later time. Teenagers with CFS tend to heal more quickly and fully than adults. Within 5 years after the onset of symptoms, the majority of teenagers will have made a partial or complete recovery.