In some cases,
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) develops after an
illness such as
mononucleosis (mono) or
the flu, or after a period of unusual stress. But it may
also develop 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
because the diagnosis often is not clear for some time.
It is possible that the main title of the report Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Later, you may feel better for a time and then feel
worse again. Or your symptoms may disappear entirely. Many people improve in a
year or two and do not have a relapse. Some people continue to 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 perform 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.
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 who are most severely affected by CFS may
have difficulty getting out of bed and may require help with basic activities
such as dressing, eating, and bathing.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 18, 2013
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