What is chronic fatigue syndrome?

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Date: December 01, 2005 12:39 PM
Subject: What is chronic fatigue syndrome?

Q. What is chronic fatigue syndrome?

A. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) also known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is a group of symptoms associated with unrelenting and debilitating fatigue. The profound weakness of CFS causes a persistent and substantial reduction in activity level. You feel too tired to do normal activities of are easily exhausted for no apparent reason.

Besides extreme fatigue, symptoms of CFS include general pain, mental fogginess, flu-like symptoms, and gastrointestinal problems. A list of symptoms includes:

-Frequent infections, such as sinus or respiratory infections, swollen glands, bladder infection or yeast infections
-Muscle and joint aches
-Inability to concentrate or “brain fog”
-Allergies to foods and medications
-Anxiety and depression
-Decreased sex drive

The number of symptoms and the severity of these symptoms can vary among people. The symptoms of CFS hang on or reoccur frequently for more than six months.

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