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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition of prolonged and severe tiredness or weariness (fatigue) that is not relieved by rest. CFS is not directly caused by other conditions.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is also called: CFS; Yuppie flu; Fatigue - chronic; Chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS).

What Causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Currently, the exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown. However, health experts believe chronic fatigue syndrome is could be related to: Iron-poor blood (anemia), Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), or environmental allergy.

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The most common symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome are:

  • new and unexplained fatigue or tiredness that lasts at least 6 months and is not relieved by bed rest
  • fatigue that is severe enough to restrict activity
  • Headache
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Inability to concentrate

How is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosed?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is difficult to diagnose. It is difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms are the same symptoms of many other diseases. When your doctor is examining you, he must first rule out diseases that look similar, such as multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus. When other diseases are ruled out and if your illness meets other criteria as well, your doctor can diagnose you with chronic fatigue syndrome.

To be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, the tiredness must be severe enough to decrease ability to participate in ordinary activities by 50%.

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