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How does chronic fatigue syndrome affect your daily activities?

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It might be hard to get through even simple morning routines, like a shower. Plan to allow extra time for tasks that are hard for you.

When you feel well again, you may be tempted to try to do as much as you can while you’ve got the energy. Don’t try it. If you push yourself too hard, you may crash later. Repeating this cycle can drive you right back into a relapse.

You’ll need to learn to balance daily activities with rest, even when you’re in remission.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

The Association of UK Dietitians: “Food Fact Sheet: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

Disability.gov: “Accommodation ideas for employees with chronic fatigue syndrome.”

Social Security Administration: “Providing Medical Evidence to The Social Security Administration for Individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Fact Sheet.”

Office on Women’s Health: “An Interview with a Woman Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Lindsey McGrath.”

CDC: “Depression.”

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on December 04, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

The Association of UK Dietitians: “Food Fact Sheet: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

Disability.gov: “Accommodation ideas for employees with chronic fatigue syndrome.”

Social Security Administration: “Providing Medical Evidence to The Social Security Administration for Individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Fact Sheet.”

Office on Women’s Health: “An Interview with a Woman Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Lindsey McGrath.”

CDC: “Depression.”

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on December 04, 2018

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