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Dr. John Leander Po
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Overview)

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition of prolonged and severe tiredness or weariness (fatigue) that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions.


Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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What is the definition or description of: chronic fatigue syndrome?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
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What is the definition or description of: chronic fatigue syndrome?

See details: It is longstanding severe fatigue for which no underlying cause has been found. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. John Leander Po
291 doctors shared insights

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Overview)

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition of prolonged and severe tiredness or weariness (fatigue) that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions.


Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
66M people helped
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How long does chronic fatigue syndrome normally last?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
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Indefinitely: Unless a medical evaluation and lab work reveal an underlying cause that can be treated and corrected, it usually lasts indefinitely. ...Read more

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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Tip)

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS)

Living with chronic fatigue can seem tough initially, until the body becomes stronger. ...See more

Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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Is headache a common symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome?

Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Is headache a common symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome?

Yes: There is a fair amount of overlap between chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and chronic daily headache syndromes. Patients with of them commonly report headaches and difficulty falling asleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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What are the main symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome that people have?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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What are the main symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome that people have?

Multi system: This condition, perhaps as a sequel to a viral illness, causes tiredness, muscle aching, joint pain and mental fatigue. More common in women, it can affect all age groups, responds poorly to medication, and in extreme cases leaves the patient mostly bedridden. There is no laboratory testing that makes the diagnosis. There are strong psychological underpinnings. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Tip)

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS)

Chronic fatigue is treatable and manageable with the right support systems in place. ...See more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Is deep sighing and deep breathing signs of chronic fatigue syndrome...Or perhaps boredom?

Dr. Martin Raff
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Chronic fatigue: Are you depressed? What other symptoms do you have? Sounds like you might want to chat with a clinical psychologist. These are not usually associated with cfs. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Mund
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What lab work should be done before a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome is given? Lupus, Lyme disease, heptatitis, anything else?

Dr. Douglas Mund
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What lab work should be done before a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome is given? Lupus, Lyme disease, heptatitis, anything else?

Varied: There are many different reasons for a person to suffer from fatigue: anemia, hypothyroidism, and many of the autoimmubne diseases. It is generally a diagnosis of exclusion. So lab work should include routine studies such as blood counts, liver and renal function and thyroid function studies. Only if all of these are normal would i pursue further studies. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Tip)

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS)

Haiku. Daily exercise, will help to keep you smiling , each and every day! ...See more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
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Is there a medical test available to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
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No: Testing is done to rule other causes of fatigue but there is no specific test for cfs. ...Read more

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Chronic Fatigue (Definition)

Chronic fatigue is a persistent feeling of tiredness and being "worn down" over ...Read more


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