Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Community
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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder that causes extreme fatigue over extended periods of time which persists after rest and limits one’s ability to conduct ordinary daily activities. Discuss topics including causes, exams and tests for CFS, treatments and how to live with CFS.

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Symptoms of Fibromyalgia and CF...


Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a disorder of unknown etiology characterized by widespread pain, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbance, fatigue and often psychological distress. People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms; such as,

  • Morning stiffness

  • Tingling or numbness in hands and feet

  • Headaches, including migraines

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called "fibro fog")

  • Painful menstrual periods and other pain syndromes 

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1990 criteria are used for clinical diagnosis classification. Diagnosis is based on the presence of widespread pain (at least 3 months duration) and tenderness on 11 of 18 pressure points.


May often co-occur (up to 25-65%) with other rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). 




Other symptoms

  • nausea
  • dizziness

  • temperomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome

  • MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity)

  • myofascial pain

  • weight gain

  • vision problems

  • urinary and pelvic problems

  • cognitive problems

  • cold symptoms

  • anxiety

  • ringing in the ears

  • skin complaints

  • chronic headaches

  • trouble breathing

  • muscle twitches and weakness 

CIDS/ME Symptoms

A CFS diagnosis should be considered in patients who present with six months or more of unexplained fatigue accompanied by other characteristic symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • cognitive dysfunction, including impaired memory or concentration
  • postexertional malaise lasting more than 24 hours (exhaustion and increased symptoms) following physical or mental exercise
  • unrefreshing sleep
  • joint pain (without redness or swelling)
  • persistent muscle pain
  • headaches of a new type or severity
  • tender cervical or axillary lymph nodes
  • sore throat

Other Common Symptoms

In addition to the eight primary defining symptoms of CFS, a number of other symptoms have been reported by some CFS patients. The frequency of occurrence of these symptoms varies among patients. These symptoms include:

  • irritable bowel, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea or bloating
  • chills and night sweats
  • brain fog
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • chronic cough
  • visual disturbances (blurring, sensitivity to light, eye pain or dry eyes)
  • allergies or sensitivities to foods, alcohol, odors, chemicals, medications or noise
  • difficulty maintaining upright position (orthostatic instability, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, balance problems or fainting)
  • psychological problems (depression, irritability, mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks)
  • jaw pain
  • weight loss or gain



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