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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Links to Holiday Illness


Has your holiday been affected by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue syndrome which can be diagnosed secondary to a bout of holiday illness, a condition we often deal with.

Most individuals will not realise that the symptoms they are experiencing are potentially linked and will just put it down to generally feeling run down as a result of their illness symptoms.

We often represent holidaymakers whom are unfortunate enough to suffer from gastric illness, including sickness, diarrhoea, nausea and fevers. Whilst symptoms of this nature can be short lived, there are on occasion holidaymakers whom are left with more serious and life-long conditions.

But what is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a serious condition which can cause long term disability and illness. It causes persistent exhaustion and affects everyday life. Resting and sleeping doesn’t prevent the tiredness experienced.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Whilst some people find that symptoms will recover over time, this can be a life-long condition and very debilitating to everyday life. CFS affects a very large number of individuals and anyone can be affected by the condition. It is usually more common in woman but can also affect men.

The condition usually develops when people are in their early twenties to mid-forties. Children can also be affected by the condition and generally this tends to be in children between the ages of 13 – 15 years.

What causes CFS?

There is uncertainty as to what causes the condition. However, it has been suggested that the condition can be brought on a result of a viral or bacterial infection, problems with the immune system, traumatic conditions, stress, emotional trauma and toxins, or even an imbalance of hormones. It has also been considered that some people may be more susceptible to CFS due to their genes.

The effects on everyday life

Most cases of CFS are either mild or moderate, but on occasion the symptoms can be severe. The condition can result in individuals requiring time off work to rest; it can result in disturbed sleep patterns, reduced mobility and a sudden urge to need to sleep in the afternoon. In more severe cases individuals find that they are able to undertake minimal daily tasks, but then experience a significantly reduced mobility and find it extremely difficult to concentrate.

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Treatment options

Although there is no known cure for suffers of CFS, treatment is available to help individuals affected. Individuals can respond different to treatment and it can therefore be a case of trial and error to see what works best for that individual. The type of treatment usually offered includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), exercise programmes or medication to ease sleeping problems, nausea and pain.

Legal help and assistance

If you have been affected by holiday illness and noticed that you are experiencing excessive tiredness, extreme exhaustion or any of the other symptoms listed, then it is possible you may be suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

If you believe this may be the case then we would be interested to hear from you, as we have extensive experience in bringing claims against major tour operators, as a result of clients being left with lifelong debilitating syndromes such as this and securing thousands of pounds in compensation as a result.

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