What Is Chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex disorder characterized by extreme fatigue. The fatigue may worsen with physical or mental activity but does not improve with rest. The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is difficult to pinpoint; it could be multifactorial— ranging from viral infections to psychological stress or as a result of a combination of any of these. It is difficult to diagnose and would require a series of tests to rule out other causes which may present with the same spectrum of symptoms. Disease Presentation The affected individual may present with fatigue, memory loss or unable to concentrate. They may also present with a sore throat, flu-like symptoms, feeling dizzy, palpitations, headaches, muscle or joint pains, sleep which does not refresh them. Swollen glands in the neck or armpits. However, the most classical presentation is extreme tiredness which lasts for more than one day especially after physical exercise or mental strain. This is called as post-exertional malaise. The fatigue may last for more than six months is another classical feature of this disorder. A full night sleep does not relieve the fatigue and pain. Orthostatic intolerance which means that patients feel better when lying down compared to standing is one of the symptoms too. If you have any of the above symptoms, it would be better to approach your doctor at the earliest. This can facilitate early diagnosis and quick initiation of treatment modalities. What can cause CFS? Some individuals are more prone to this disorder, why this happens is still unknown. Trigger factors could be viruses like Epstein Barr and other related viruses. However, no definite correlation...