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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized by profound tiredness, regardless of bed rest. Its symptoms may worsen with physical or mental activity. CFS can occur suddenly and last for years. The condition affects 3 to 4 times more females than males. The cause of CFS is not known.
The cause of CFS is not known.
Because the cause of CFS is not known, it’s hard to know what might put someone at risk for getting the condition. However, certain factors are seen more often in people with CFS. These factors include:
Symptoms of CFS often mimic the flu. The following are the most common symptoms of CFS. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of CFS may look like other medical conditions. Always consult your health care provider for a diagnosis.
CFS diagnosis depends on two criteria:
A specific treatment for CFS has yet to be proven effective. Vitamin supplements and medications have some benefit. Many treatments just relieve the symptoms of CFS.
Treatment is determined by your health care provider and based on:
Treatment may include:
There is currently no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome. Dealing with the severe fatigue can be very challenging. It is important that you work with your health care provider to find treatments that help you. Some people find counseling or support groups helpful.
If your symptoms get worse or you have new symptoms, let your health care provider know.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your health care provider:
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