Chronic fatigue syndrome is more than feeling tired all the time. It comes with a lot of other symptoms that can make it hard to handle daily life. Even simple things like walking to the mailbox or writing a letter can make it worse. The fatigue and symptoms can last 6 months, or can go on for years. Sleep and rest don’t make it better, either.
A doctor can help relieve your symptoms, but first you need to get diagnosed.
If you have chronic fatigue syndrome, you’ll have these three “core” symptoms:
- Reduced ability to do usual activities for six months or more because of fatigue
- Worsening of symptoms (difficulty thinking, problems sleeping, sore throat, headaches, feeling dizzy, or severe tiredness). after usual physical or mental activity
- Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
Along with the three symptoms, you must have one of these for a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome:
- Problems with thinking and memory
- Worsening of symptoms while standing or sitting upright ; you might feel lightheaded, dizzy or weak, and you may have blurred vision or see spots.
When to Call a Doctor
If you have any the symptoms, and believe you have chronic fatigue syndrome, talk to your doctor.
You may want to ask about his experience in treating the condition. You can also request a referral or choose to get a second opinion.