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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) facts

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is defined by two major criteria, chronic severe fatigue for at least 6 months not caused by a diagnosable disease or relieved with rest and at least four other specific symptoms that occur at the same time or after the development of severe fatigue.
  • The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is unknown.
  • Risk factors are not clearly understood, but the majority of adults diagnosed are adult women age range of 40s to 50s; pediatric patients diagnosed are usually teenaged.
  • The symptoms and signs of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are relatively specific: chronic severe fatigue for at least 6 months not caused by a diagnosable disease and at least four other specific symptoms such as cognitive impairment, muscle and/or joint pains, new types of headaches, tender lymph nodes, sore throat, non-refreshing sleep, and malaise after exercise, that occur at the same time or after the development of severe fatigue.
  • The estimated prevalence in the U.S. is 42 in 10,000 people.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome is diagnosed about four times more often in women than men.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is diagnosed by the two major criteria and symptoms and signs listed above.
  • Treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is based on treating the symptoms patients exhibit.
  • Although there is no known cure for CSF, symptoms may be markedly reduced.
  • The prognosis for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in adults is only fair to poor; children have a better or good prognosis with treatment.
  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle is the usual preventive advice given by clinicians that treat chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients.
  • Additional sources of information and support groups are available for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/7/2013

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