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Do people die from cfs?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Probably not: Unlike many other physicians, i believe that chronic fatigue syndrome is real, and an immune disturbance due to some unknown virus or viruses. However, if people were dying of it, we'd almost certainly recognize some characteristic lesion. If you have cfs, good luck -- it generally remits after a while, and low-dose antidepressants and/or simply practicing new life skills seems to help some.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
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Thanks Dr. Brown. I am impressed with your own contributions, and would be interested in your own special insights into this baffling and troublesome ilness.
Jan 23, 2012
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
No.: No one dies of cfs. Remeber, it is a syndrome with no specific diagnostic marker. Most causes for chronic fatigue syndrome, miss a common and correctable problem. If you truly have cfs, it will not kill you. However, if you forgo exercise and don't maintain a good weight, these factors will hasten anyone's demise!
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