Symptoms

 


Chronic Fatigue(CFIDS) patients have a severe, chronic fatigue lasting 6 months or longer (having excluded other potential conditions) and also having four or more of the following symptoms: substantial impairment in short-term memory or concentration, sore throat, tender lymph nodes, muscle pain, multi-joint pain without swelling or redness, headaches of a new type, pattern or severity, unrefreshing sleep, and post-exertional malaise lasting more than 24 hours. Most Chronic Fatigue patients run low grade fevers and have problems with their immune system and fighting off infections. They also tend to have multiple food and environmental allergies. Many are clinically depressed.

Fatigueis a symptom that seems to be growing exponentially. While it may not be severe enough to meet the above criteria for Chronic Fatigue, it may be debilitating enough to prevent or discourage activities. We see many people who describe fatigue symptoms that interfere with their lives and their family or work activities. You may not be able to exercise like you used to. You may have to take frequent breaks or naps during the day. You may not be able to concentrate or focus while you read. We hear from many patients that they are so tired it is hard to get out of bed, go to work, go to church, read their favorite book, or be a participating member of the family. As a result, they gain weight and get depressed, compounding the fatigue.

 


 


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