CFS Symptoms Summary

A summary of symptoms associated with Burnout, CFS, ME

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is a complex disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest and can’t be explained by an underlying medical condition. Here are common symptoms:

  • Persistent Fatigue: Not relieved by rest or sleep, lasting for at least six months.
  • Post-Exertional Malaise (PEM): Worsening of symptoms following physical or mental exertion.
  • Unrefreshing Sleep: Feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep.
  • Cognitive Impairments: Difficulties with memory, concentration, and processing information.
  • Muscle Pain: Aches and pains in the muscles without obvious cause.
  • Joint Pain: Pain in multiple joints without swelling or redness.
  • Headaches: New types or patterns of headaches, or headaches that worsen.
  • Sore Throat: Frequent or recurring sore throat without infection.
  • Tender Lymph Nodes: In the neck or armpits.
  • Dizziness and Balance Problems: Feeling lightheaded or dizzy, especially upon standing or sitting up.
  • Sensitivity to Light, Sound, or Smell: Increased sensitivity or sensory overload.
  • Gastrointestinal Issues: Such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, bloating, or diarrhea.
  • Allergies and Sensitivities: To foods, odors, chemicals, or medications.
  • Irregular Body Temperature Regulation: Feeling excessively hot or cold.
  • Irregular Heartbeats or Palpitations.
  • Shortness of Breath: Difficulty breathing for no apparent reason.
  • Psychological Symptoms: Such as depression, irritability, or anxiety.

It’s important to note that symptoms of CFS can vary greatly from person to person, and the severity of symptoms can fluctuate over time. Diagnosis is usually made after other potential causes for the symptoms have been ruled out.

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