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Recovering From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
See details: Often there is no recovery but there can be effective treatments that control the symptoms. ...Read more
Could you tell me what are my chances of recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome after ten years?
Poor: It is a chronic condition just as its name implies. Spontaneous resolution is rare. ...Read more
Some yes, some no: This is a tough question to answer with confidence because the medical community still doesn't fully understand this syndrome. It can have many different causes, some of which are curable and others, not. Depending on the cause, if diagnosed, one can recover from cfs. Regardless, it is a long, slow process that can be measured in months if not years- akin to a marathon, not a a 100 yard sprint. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: As a physician who treats a number of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs), i can tell you that yes, some patients do recover. However, it is a process and typically doesn't happen overnight. The most important step in recovery is determining what is causing or worsening your symptoms. There are a large number of causes, and you should see a physician who specializes in cfs for evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Still a mystery: Chronic fatigue syndrome refers to severe, continued tiredness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other medical conditions. As part of the definition of cfs other conditions known to cause fatigue are not present. The cause of cfs is still a mystery but there is often evidence of immune dysfunction and many theorize it is caused by viruses. Please see my comments for more:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Interfers- activity: Chronic fatigue syndrome or cfs is essentially is too much fatigue to function in your daily life. The fatigue interfers with your activities and stops you from doing them. It is defined as a "debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity." - reference cdc website cdc/gov/cfs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get evaluated: First get a good evaluation to rule out underlying causes for your fatigue. A complete history and physical along with appropriate tests, including cbc, chem, thyroid tests including thyroid antibodies, cpk, rf, ana, parvo, ebv, and lyme. Depending on your history and risk factors additional studies may be ordered. Treatment starts with an accurate diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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