Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Many people mistake CFS for the flu or another viral infection, because their symptoms can be similar. However, unlike the flu, the signs and symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome do not disappear within a few days or weeks. Given below are some of the more common signs and symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  • Feeling exhausted for over 24 hours, without engaging in any strenuous activity.
  • Suffering from muscle ache or severe headaches.
  • Not feeling refreshed after getting an adequate amount of sleep.
  • Problem concentrating, accompanied by bouts of forgetfulness or confusion.
  • Moving pain in the joints, often without any swelling or redness.
  • Irritability.
  • Low degree fever.
  • Soreness in the throat as well as the lymph nodes (mainly underarms and neck)
In case you notice the other symptoms, without extreme tiredness, you may be suffering from a viral infection, instead of CFS. Constant fatigue is the main symptoms of this condition. Many of the symptoms mentioned above can be associated with other illnesses. However, you can know that you are suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, in case the symptoms:

  • Appear all of a sudden, for no apparent reason
  • Are so severe that you cannot participate in your regular, day-to-day activities
  • Do not seem to alleviate in spite of taking in easy, getting adequate rest and sleeping for more than 8 hours a day
  • Last for more than 6 months
It is important that you consult your doctor, in case you happen to notice any of the signs and symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 
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