Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Symptoms

Some people think that chronic fatigue syndrome means only that a person is very tired, but the disease involves much more than that. A person may become so tired that he or she cannot go to work, attend school, or take part in social activities. CFS can also cause problems with sleeping. A person may wake up being just as tired as before he or she went to sleep.

Some CFS patients try to keep up with their normal daily activities, but they may experience "payback." Payback is a state of being even more exhausted than usual. The person may have to stay in bed for days to recover.

Other symptoms of CFS include:

  • Muscle pain (myalgia)
  • Joint pain (arthralgia)
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fever and chills
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Problems with concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)

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