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Do I Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome impairs the lifestlyes of roughly one million US adults.  The name Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (which is commonly called CFS) largely describes the afflictions of the disease, but a diagnosis takes a bit more than this. If you have been unusually tired lately, and if you cannot trace this to extra exertion or lack of sleep, you can use the following signs to decide whether you might have CFS yourself.

If you are consistently feeling tired or fatigued for no specific reason, this is one of the first signs of CFS. If you have CFS, this fatigue would be so extreme that it is reducing your activity levels. If this is the case for you, it is probably time for you to start looking for the additional signs of CFS.

Among these signs are the following: memory or concentration that is not what it used to be; sleep that does little to refresh you; muscle pain; new headaches, or headaches that are stronger than what you used to experience; recurring soar throat; pain in your joints. You should plan to see a physician and be tested for CFS if a combination of these symptoms persist for six months or longer. A diagnosis from a doctor is likely to come from process of elimination, as CFS is defined and diagnosed a lot of different ways. If they are unable to find any other cause for your symptoms, they are likely to classify you as suffering from CFS.

While CFS has a number of “cures,” none of them have been proven to work across the board. The severity of CFS comes into play here, as does the instigating factor. For instance, antidepressants can help to solve CFS for those who are suffering due to depression. Furthermore, such simple adjustments as dietary adjustments and regular exercise can help to combat CFS. If you find that you have CFS, search for a doctor who has dealt with CFS patients before. This disease and all its nuances can be better solved by a doctor who has experience dealing with CFS.

If you find that you have been excessively tired lately for no explainable reason, your best bet is to cross your fingers and hope it goes away. But if these symptoms do not just simply go away, you may be dealing with CFS; if this is the case, you should begin combatting it right away.


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