Chronic Fatigue Sydrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disorder characterized by really chronic and extreme fatigue. Tests usually will show no  underlying medical condition. The fatigue can worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest. No amount of sleep makes you feel refreshed and you often wake up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep.

What are the symptoms of ME/CFS?

ME stands for Myalgic encephalomyelitis and CFS stands for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Fatigue (mental and physical)
Neurological symptoms such as loss of memory or trouble concentrating
Sore throat
Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
Unexplained muscle pain
Migrating joint pain
Headaches
Feeling tired or having extreme exhaustion after waking or upon physical activity
Exercise intolerance
Sensitivity to smells, chemicals and toxins, lights, sound, medicine and temperature changes

More extensive and detailed ME/CFS symptoms here.

Cause

There is no known cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

How do they Test for CFS?

According to Mayo Clinic there is no known testing for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The doctor will take your history, do an exam and rule out other conditions then make a clinical diagnosis on his findings.

Websites about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Mayo Clinic

CDC Info on CFS

Solve ME/CFS Initiative

ME Association

ME/CFS Blogs

No Poster Girl

Pajama Daze

Jess’ ME CFS Blog

Green Girl Fights Fatigue

LiveWithCFS.Blogspot.com.au

Everyone with Chronic Illness should read this blog and the Spoon Theory:
www.butyoudontlooksick.com

If you have a blog you’d like us to share or a post that someone wrote that helped you, please put it in the comment section below so we can get it added.

ME/CFS Support Groups

Chronic Fatigue and Fibro Living

CFS in the UK

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hope and Healing

ME/CFS Australia

ME/CFS Awareness Books

ME/CFS Awareness Items

Fundraising for a Cause has lots of blue awareness items that you can buy in bulk and resell to make money for treatment and living expenses.

Zazzle also has a lot of ME/CFS awareness items that are usually made by CFS patients.

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