Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
A feeling of extreme, long-lasting exhaustion and pain could mean chronic fatigue syndrome.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a state of extreme fatigue lasting six months or longer that is not improved by bed rest and that may get worse with physical or mental activity. The fatigue significantly interferes with daily activities and work.
Chronic fatigue syndrome most commonly affects people in their 40s and 50s, but it can happen at any age. Women are much more likely to be diagnosed with CFS than men.
• A weakened immune system.
• Hormone imbalances.
• Abnormally low blood pressure.
• Nutritional deficiency.
• General weakness.
• Achy muscles and joints.
• Tender lymph nodes.
• Low grade fever.
Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome may experience other symptoms, including:
• Diarrhea and constipation.
• Depression or other psychological problems.
• Chills and night sweats.
• Visual disturbances.
• Inability to think clearly.
• Difficulty maintaining an upright position.
• Dizziness and balance problems.
• Sensitivity to foods, odors, chemicals, medications or noise.
• Review medical history.
• Perform a physical exam.
• Perform a mental health exam.
• Order laboratory screenings.
To be diagnosed with CFS, at least four of the symptoms listed above must be present with no other cause identified.
Learn more about the medications used to treat CFS at arthritis drug guide.
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