Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue may worsen with physical or mental activity but doesn’t improve with rest.The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, although there are many theories — ranging from viral infections to psychological stress. Some experts believe chronic fatigue syndrome might be triggered by a combination of factors. There’s no single test to confirm a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome. You may need a variety of medical tests to rule out other health problems that have similar symptoms.

Chronic fatigue syndrome includes eight major symptoms which include, fatigue, loss of memory, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, unexplained muscle pain, pain that moves from one joint to another, headache, lack of sleep, and extreme exhaustion.

Treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome focuses on symptom relief. These treatments include antidepressants, sleeping pills, and psychiatric evaluation.