What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS, is an illness in which there is a strong and noticeable fatigue that comes on suddenly and often comes and goes, or never stops.  A person who has CFS feels too tired to do normal activities, or is easily exhausted with no apparent reason.  The profound weakness of CFS does not go away with a few good nights of sleep.  Instead, it slyly steals your energy and vigor over months, and sometimes years.

 

For many people, CFS begins after a bout with a cold, bronchitis, hepatitis or an intestinal bug.  Unlike flu symptoms, which usually go away in a few days or weeks, CFS symptoms either hang on, or come and go frequently for more than six months and include headache, tender lymph nodes, fatigue and weakness, muscle and joint aches and an inability to concentrate.

 

Doctors find it difficult to diagnose CFS because it has the same symptoms as many other diseases.  There is also no effective treatment for CFS.  Ibuprofen may help get rid of any body aches or fever, non-sedating antihistamines may help relieve any prominent allergic symptoms, eating a balanced diet, getting adequate rest and moderate exercise may help alleviate some symptoms.

 

If you would like more information about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, please contact the Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Association of America at 800-442-3437 or visit them online at www.cfids.org.

 

Phone code: 1762

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