Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) symptoms usually start suddenly. But for some people, they develop gradually over weeks or months. Symptoms can change in a day, and from day to day. They tend to stop (remission) and then start again (relapse).
There is broad range of CFS symptoms. But there is a core set of symptoms that affect nearly everyone with CFS. These core symptoms are:
There are lots of alternative treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome. These range from acupuncture to nutritional supplements, and people get different degrees of relief from them.
There’s much less research about the risks and benefits as there are about the benefits of FDA-approved prescription and over-the-counter medications.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that these approaches don’t work. It just means that there isn’t a lot of evidence one way or the other. But they help some people and...
Extreme physical fatigue, mental fatigue, or both. It can be constant, or it can come and go. It is not relieved by rest. This fatigue also is so severe that it interferes with your work, your play, and your social activities.
Feeling unwell after being active. This can mean you feel ill or weak or your CFS symptoms are worse. There can be a delay before it starts. It can take more than 24 hours to feel better.
Having depression along with CFS is common and can make CFS symptoms worse.
CFS causes symptoms that are the same as many other diseases, especially early on. For this reason, it can be diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation has ruled out other conditions with similar symptoms.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 29, 2015
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