Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can cause a wide range of baffling symptoms. The primary and definitive one is extreme and debilitating exhaustion for which no other cause can be found.
The symptoms of this syndrome resemble those of flu and other viral infections, so it is often mistaken for other disorders. It is often misdiagnosed as hypochondria, psychosomatic illness, or depression, because routine medical tests do not detect any problems. The syndrome is three times more prevalent in women than in men, and primarily affects young adults between the ages of twenty and forty.
The symptoms of CFS can include:
Some people also suffer limited memory loss, which is usually temporary, and mental confusion.
The Centers for Disease Control stipulates that a continuance of a number of the above afflictions for six months is a strong indication that CFS is present. As with many chronic illnesses, there are periods of improvement and relapse, and the disease often lasts indefinitely.
Depending on the severity of the symptoms, CFS can make it very difficult to carry on a normal life. As routine tasks become more and more of a challenge, both physically and mentally, your ability to function can be severely curtailed.
Weakness and lack of energy can make just getting out of bed to face the day a major accomplishment.
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