Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme and debilitating fatigue that lasts for at least six months and can’t be fully explained by an underlying medical condition. It worsens with physical or mental activity—even tasks like grocery shopping  or studying for an exam can be exhausting—and the fatigue isn’t improved with rest.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Symptoms

Potential Risks

  • Fatigue
  • Problems with memory or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
  • Unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Dizziness that worsens with moving from lying down or sitting to standing
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Extreme exhaustion after physical or mental exercise

If left untreated, CFS can cause depression, anxiety, lifestyle restrictions, social isolation, and work and school absences.