Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Symptoms & Resources

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People with CFS can be so tired they do not have enough energy to get out of bed. Brushing their teeth can become a major effort.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Chronic Fatigue and Immune System Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) is an extremely severe form of fatigue that doesn't go away, in combination with a number of other physical problems, including:

  • Severe, disabling fatigue and weakness
  • Flu-like symptoms (swollen lymph glands, sore throat, low-grade fever, severe headaches)
  • Pain in muscles, joints, and nerves
  • Sleep difficulties, cognitive problems (impairing one's ability to think clearly), dizziness, seizures, numbness, temporary paralysis, eye problems, and depression
  • Thyroid and hormonal imbalances
  • New allergies

CFS causes profound fatigue and muscle weakness, usually following viral illness. This syndrome is also known as Myalgic Encephalitis (ME), post-infectious neuromyasthenia, post-viral syndrome, yuppie flu, or formerly chronic Epstein Barr virus. CFIDS can cause injury to the brain, immune system and muscles of the people who suffer from it.


  • Women and Fatigue, by Dr. Holly Atkinson
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, by Dr. Jesse Stoff and Charles Pellegrino (Random House, 1988).
  • Full of Life, How to Fight Epstein Barr Virus, Candida, Herpes and Other
  • Immuno-depressive Disorders, by Dr. Luc DeSchepper

National ME/FM Action Network
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