Myths Surrounding
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Statistics And Myths Behind Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated in early 1990s 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 number is twice the number of known Multiple Sclerosis sufferers. These rates signify a disease that is gathering the attention of the American public.

Physicians are trying to understand how to diagnose the disease better in an illness that presents itself in a wide variety of symptoms. It has long been thought to be that a virus might possibly be the culprit behind CFS.

Recent research indicates though that it just might be a combination of factors like one or more viruses combined with environmental toxins, stress and a certain amount of genetic connection.

Myth #1  People with CFS are just tired from being overworked or from too much stress

Fact Persons being medically treated with the disease have been shown to have abnormal issues with their immune, neurological, endocrine or other body systems.

Fact The fatigue felt by those with CFS is far more extreme than the fatigue felt by a person who has physically exerted him or herself or simply has had a busy day

Myth #2  People with CFS are just depressed or mentally ill. Fact In the 1999 study mentioned earlier, 60% of the people diagnosed with CFS had never experienced depression prior to the onset of the CFS symptoms.

Fact People who suffer from depression generally feel better with exercise. Those who suffer from CFS will worsen with exercise due to their bodies inability to handle the physical stress.  

Chronic Fatigue Fast Facts

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Our Youth
The disease commonly affects more females than males, affects all racial and ethnic nationalities, is more prevalent in the 20 to 40 age group, but can strike our youth. Scientists have been studying Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) to see if there is any correlation between the disease and certain metabolic disorders, and or risk factors such as age, sex, prior illnesses, environment, and stress. When children exhibit the symptoms of CFS, their physicians will want to do a complete physical...

Fact Those medically determined to be depressed have been found to have enlarged adrenal glands. People who have been examined by a physician who have CFS have been found to have small, low-functioning adrenal glands.

Fact New research has uncovered patients with lesions in their brains that can decrease blood flow, which may account for some of the symptoms CFS patients experience confusion, memory loss, inability to concentrate.

In 2002 the diagnosis code for those suffering the symptoms of CFS became coded as other disorders of the brain. As with most diseases there are bound to be those who misunderstand it. As new research brings forth better data, the medical professionals and general public will hopefully understand the disease more. 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Facts


There are other names used to refer to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome some of these names you might have heard mentioned before are: simply Chronic Fatigue or Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS).

Others may call it Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), or another name is, Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS).

In the meantime, finding out about what information is available, and lending support to those who suffer from symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, lobbying legislators and the research community at large to do more to uncover the causes and medical mysteries behind Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is what we all can do, to be supportive of those who suffer.



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