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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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How common is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
More than 1 million Americans suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) causes a profound, disabling fatigue that is not significantly improved with bed rest and may worsen with physical or mental activity. There are often other associated symptoms as well, but fatigue lasting 6 months or more is the main one.

Chronic fatigue syndrome can come on gradually without any clear point of onset or any obvious cause, or it may start after an infection such as a cold or viral syndrome. In some cases, it can start during or shortly after a period of high stress. It can occur in people who were previously healthy and full of energy, and sometimes can last for years.

In addition to chronic fatigue lasting 6 months or more, a person affected with CFS may also experience a variety of additional symptoms, including weakness, muscle pain, headaches, impaired memory, difficulty concentrating, painful joints, insomnia, and extreme fatigue after exertion lasting more than 24 hours.

Additional symptoms of CFS might include weakness, muscle pain, impaired memory and/or mental concentration, insomnia, and fatigue after exertion lasting more than 24 hours.

The cause of CFS has not been determined yet, and no specific diagnostic tests are available. However, since many illnesses have incapacitating fatigue as a symptom, it's important to seek professional advice to exclude other known and often treatable conditions before a diagnosis of CFS is made. Some of the most common causes of fatigue include anemia, diabetes, hypothyroidism, infections from a variety of causes, obesity, alcohol or substance abuse, reactions to prescribed medications, major depressive disorders, bipolar affective disorders, sleep apnea and narcolepsy, mononucleosis, Lyme disease, cancer, autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis, hormonal disorders, and many more less common diseases.

Educational Handouts

Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome from the CDC - This is a 2-page handout in PDF format

Support Groups
CDC Support Groups for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome @ , 27 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 416, Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 847-258-7248

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

What's in a Name? Fibromyalgia vs Chronic Fatigue Syndrome from the Arthritis Foundation

GB Virus C-A Virus without a Disease: We cannot give it Chronic Fatigue Syndrome BMC Infectious Diseases 2005, 5:78

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