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chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), sometimes called chronic fatigue or immune dysfunction syndrome, is a debilitating condition characterized by profound tiredness, regardless of bed rest. CFS symptoms may actually worsen with physical or mental activity. CFS can occur suddenly and last for years. CFS affects two to four times more females than males. The cause of CFS has not been identified, nor are there specific tests available to diagnose the condition.


Symptoms may include:


  • flu-like symptoms
  • eye sensitivity to light
  • headache
  • tender lymph nodes
  • fatigue and weakness
  • muscle and joint pain
  • inability to concentrate
  • insomnia
  • ability to remember exact onset of illness
  • forgetfulness
  • mood swings
  • confusion
  • low-grade fever
  • depression

Treatment may include:


  • medication, including anti-inflammatories, antidepressants, and others
  • physical activity
  • dietary supplements and herbal preparations
  • psychotherapy and supportive counseling
  • vitamin B12 supplements

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