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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome (CFIDS), is a disabling illness characterized by persistent fatigue accompanied by rheumatologic, cognitive, and infectious-appearing symptoms.

Fatigue is an excessive feeling of tiredness, lack of energy, or exhaustion accompanied by a stong desire to rest or sleep. Many underlying conditions can cause fatigue and it is essential to find the cause.

Idiopathic chronic fatigue is unexplained chronic fatigue that fails to meet criteria for the chronic fatigue syndrome.

How Common Is Chronic Fatigue?
Causes of Fatigue
Risk Factors
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms
How Is It Diagnosed?
Best Treatment Options
What Should You Do Next?

How Common Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Although the prevalence of chronic fatigue syndrome is not really known, the US Centers for Disease Control estimates that 200 per 100,000 persons have chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms.

It is estimated that perhaps as many as half a million persons in the United States have a CFS-like condition.

Chronic fatigue syndrome affects both genders (women more than men), and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

Causes of Fatigue

The cause or causes of chronic fatigue syndrome remain unknown. It is possible that there is a single (as yet unidentified) cause for CFS or that CFS results from multiple causes. A person may have one or more causes for chronic fatigue syndrome. Conditions that have been proposed to trigger the development of chronic fatigue syndrome include viral infection, trauma, stress, and toxins.

What Are the Risk Factors for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Factors suspected of promoting chronic fatigue syndrome:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

Here are the common chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms:

How Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosed?

There is no one test to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome.

A number of illnesses have similar symptoms to chronic fatigue syndrome and must be ruled out before the diagnosis of CFS can be used. These include, but are not limited to depression, stress, impaired liver function, environmental illness, chronic candida infection, food allergies, excessive gastrointestinal permeability, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, and low adrenal function.

Evaluation of possible chronic fatigue syndrome will include:

What Is the Best Treatment?

Conventional Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Natural Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What Should You Do Next?

The doctors at The Connecticut Center for Health are experienced in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome. If you have (or suspect you have) symptoms and want to learn more about natural treatments for this condition, we recommend that you contact one of our clinics for a free consultation about chronic fatigue syndrome or an appointment.


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