The Symptoms Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS
The Symptoms Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS. Chronic fatigue syndrome shares some
symptoms with many other illnesses.
Fatigue, can be found as a symptom in hundreds of other disorders. It is estimated that between
10% and 25% of patients complain of fatigue when visiting their Doctor.
To arrive at a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the Doctor will need to examine all of the
symptoms, as well as run tests to rule out any other causes before making a firm diagnosis of Chronic
Primary Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
As the name Chronic Fatigue Syndrome would suggest, one of the main symptoms of CFS is fatigue. This
is not the same type of fatigue a person would experience after a sleepless night, a busy day or
week, or after a period of high stress. It is a fatigue which is severe, and it is
It is a fatigue that won't be improved by bed rest, and that can be made worse by
mental or physical activity. It is a fatigue which that results in a dramatic decrease in a persons
stamina and activity levels.
Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can only function at a substantialy lower activity level than they
were able to, prior to becoming ill. This disorder will result in a large reduction in the
persons ability to work, or schooling, as well as their personal, and social activities.
Chronic Fatigue Fast Facts
Statistics And Myths Behind Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated in early 1990's that 10 in every 100,000 persons were medically treated for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A prevalence study in 1999 evaluated a large random sample of persons living in the metropolitan Chicago area. The study revealed rates of 422 persons per 100,000. More recent studies came to the conclusion that there are 800,000 adults in the USA that have been seen by medical personnel and have exhibited symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Symptom. This...
A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosis will be considered in patients who have six months or more, of
unexplained fatigue, which is accompanied with other characteristic symptoms.
These symptoms would include:
- unrefreshing sleep
- cognitive dysfunction, including impaired memory or concentration
- sore throat
- postexertional malaise lasting more than 24 hours (exhaustion and increased symptoms) following physical or
- headaches of a new type or severity
- joint pain (without redness or swelling)
- persistent muscle pain
- tender cervical or axillary lymph nodes
Other Common Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In addition to the eight primary symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, there are many other symptoms which
have been reported by some CFS patients. The occurrence and frequency of these symptoms will vary from patient
These symptoms include:
- allergies or sensitivities to foods, alcohol, odors, chemicals, medications or noise
- irritable bowel, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea or bloating
- chills and night sweats
- jaw pain
- brain fog
- chest pain
- weight loss or gain
- shortness of breath
- chronic cough
- visual disturbances (blurring, sensitivity to light, eye pain or dry eyes)
- difficulty maintaining upright position (orthostatic instability, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, balance
problems or fainting)
- psychological problems (depression, irritability, mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks)
Medical professionals will need to consider if the symptoms are related to a comorbid or an exclusionary
condition; these shouldn't be considered to be a part of CFS, other than that they may
contribute to impaired functioning, for the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patient.