Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - What Happens
In some cases,
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) develops after a flu-like
illness such as
mononucleosis (mono) or after a period of unusual stress. But it may
also occur without warning, even if you have not been sick.
fatigue may come upon you gradually or quite suddenly. Because fatigue can be
vague and can be caused by many things, you might not pay attention to the
problem for several weeks or months. It is hard to say what is normal with CFS. That's
because the diagnosis often is not clear for some time.
- Symptoms are worse at the
- Later, you may feel better for a time and then feel
worse again. Or your symptoms may go away entirely. Some people have severe
fatigue and other symptoms for many years.
Some people find the fatigue, pain, and thinking problems
caused by CFS greatly hamper their lives. But other people are not nearly as
- Most people are still able to do some of
their usual activities at home and work, but they often are unusually tired
after they do them. People often have to cut down on social and recreational
activities to save their energy for work and family.
- Other people
have trouble doing most or all of their daily activities, including work and
the basic chores of daily living. They may have to carefully plan how to best
use their energy.
- People with severe CFS have trouble getting out of bed and need help with basic activities
such as dressing, eating, and bathing.