Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (cont.)
Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
In this Article
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) facts
- What is chronic fatigue syndrome?
- What causes chronic fatigue syndrome?
- What are risk factors for chronic fatigue syndrome?
- What are symptoms and signs of chronic fatigue syndrome?
- What are chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms in men?
- What are chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms in women?
- How is chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome?
- Is there a cure for chronic fatigue syndrome?
- What is the prognosis of chronic fatigue syndrome?
- Can chronic fatigue syndrome be prevented?
- Where can people find additional information about chronic fatigue syndrome?
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome FAQs
- Find a local Rheumatologist in your town
What is the prognosis (outcome) for chronic fatigue syndrome?
Because full recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is very infrequent (only 5% to 10% of adult patients diagnosed), the prognosis usually ranges from fair to poor. Many CFS patients can only work at part-time jobs; some patients become bedridden. Mental impairment, especially memory loss and the ability to concentrate are very disconcerting to CFS patients. Even with symptomatic treatment, some patients may continue with a slow decline in their ability to function. Some studies suggest that even about 2 years after diagnosis and symptomatic treatment, over half of the CFS patients still were fatigued.
The prognosis for children is better than that for adults as most children recover completely after about 1 to 4 years of treatment; although during recovery, they often have problems in school with attention and memory. Many will also have anxiety and depression. Researchers suggest that cognitive-behavioral therapy is a major effective treatment for adolescents with CFS.
Can chronic fatigue syndrome be prevented?
Currently, there are no known methods to prevent chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Development of effective prevention methods is hampered by no firm knowledge of the cause(s) of CFS. Most experts and clinicians suggestions for prevention are general recommendations that result in a healthy lifestyle since no specific prevention methods are known. Examples of the general recommendations are avoidance of viral infections, lower daily stress as much as possible, and maintain regular sleep cycles and a healthy diet, along with avoidance of the many toxins in the environment; these are cited by most clinicians as possible ways to reduce or prevent the chance of developing CFS.
Females with CFS are cautioned about pregnancy because of the stresses placed on the mother and fetus. In addition, the genetic connection, if any, is not clear between the parents with CFS and their children.
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