Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is one of the hardest disorders in the world to diagnose. CFS has so many different symptoms and these symptoms can be indicative of many other disorders that it is not easy to diagnose.  Here are a few of the most common symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

  1. Exhaustion is the most common symptom. This is not just normal fatigue, this is fatigue that has no underlying cause and lasts more than just a few days. It may start with a flu like illness or a viral infection but it is just as common that it comes on gradually. The most common symptoms are flu like. These may include but not limited to:
  2. Aching in joints that does not involve any swelling and can move from joint to joint.
  3. Swelling of the lymph nodes especially those in the neck and the armpit.
  4. Difficulty focusing and problem solving.
  5. Muscle soreness with no known cause.
  6. Short term memory problems.
  7. Sore throat.
  8. Headaches that are not the usual ones that the sufferer experiences.
  9. Sleep disturbance or sleep that leaves you unrefreshed. Waking up as tired as when you went to sleep.

A worsening of symptoms brought on by any activity, this can be physical or mental. If a person has at least four of these primary symptoms and they have lasted for more than six months, then a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be made.

There are a whole spectrum of additional symptoms that have been reported by suffers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in addition to the main ones. The degree and severity varies from case to case and is often affected by the patient’s ability to function with these symptoms.

  1. Many patients report difficulty with speech. They are not able to find the correct words, this is also a symptom of early dementia and Alzheimer’s so it may be overlooked.
  2. Eye disturbances are often reported including but not limited to blurred vision, sensitivity to light, dry eyes and painful eyes.
  3. Psychological problems are common, mood swings; panic attacks, depression, and anxiety make this a disorder that is often misdiagnosed.
  4. The symptoms can be contradictory as well; patients may suffer from chills and also from night sweats. They may run a low grade fever or have a low body temperature. They may have sensitivity to either heat or cold or both.
  5. An irritated bowel may also give symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, pain and gas in the bowel and this may lead to a misdiagnosis of IBS.
  6. There is almost no part of the body that is unaffected by the symptoms of CFS. Female problems are common, including increased symptoms of PMS and endrometriosis.
  7. Sensitivities may develop to foods, alcohol, medications and smells.

These are just some of the symptoms that may affect the sufferers of CFS. This is an insidious disorder that robs it’s victims of the ability to function effectively day to day. It can be a very debilitation illness. With a correct diagnosis steps can be taken to alleviate some of the more life affecting symptoms.

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