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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a long-term illness with a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptom is extreme tiredness. CFS is also known as ME, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis. It can affect anyone, including children but most commonly it affects people between their mid-20’s to mid-’40s.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue
The main symptom of CFS/ME is feeling extremely tired and generally unwell. In addition, people with CFS/ME may have other symptoms, including:
- sleep problems;
- muscle or joint pain;
- a sore throat or sore glands that are not swollen;
- problems thinking, remembering, or concentrating;
- flu-like symptoms;
- feeling dizzy or sick;
- fast or irregular heartbeats (heart palpitations).
Most people find overexercising makes their symptoms worse. The severity of symptoms can vary from day to day, or even within a day.
Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
There is not a specific test for CFS/ME, so it’s diagnosed based on your symptoms and by ruling out other conditions that could be causing your symptoms.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. You may also have blood and urine tests.
As the symptoms of CFS/ME are similar to those of many common illnesses that usually get better on their own, a diagnosis of CFS/ME may be considered if you do not get better as quickly as expected.