Chronic fatigue syndrome facts
Chronic fatigue syndrome may be confused with other conditions, including fibromyalgia syndrome; myalgic encephalomyelitis; neurasthenia; multiple chemical sensitivities; chronic mononucleosis; Lyme disease; HIV-related diseases; depression; hypothyroidism; malignancies; and parasitic diseases.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition characterized by profound tiredness, regardless of bed rest. CFS symptoms may actually worsen with physical or mental activity. CFS can occur suddenly and last for years. CFS affects three to four times more females than males. The cause of CFS has not been identified, nor are there specific tests available to diagnose the condition.
CFS sometimes is called chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome.
Symptoms of CFS often mimic the flu. The following are the most common symptoms of CFS. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome may resemble other medical conditions. Always consult your health care provider for a diagnosis.
CFS diagnosis depends on two criteria:
A specific treatment for CFS has yet to be proven effective. Vitamin supplements and medications have some therapeutic benefit for some CFS patients, but many treatments just alleviate the symptoms of CFS.
Treatment is determined by your health care provider and based on:
Treatment may include:
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