reprinted with permission of author, V. Kumar, MD.
How do we know that you are suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
The first and most characteristic symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome is SEVERE, PROLONGED and DEBILITATING FATIGUE, because of which a person finds it very difficult to carry out any regular vocation. Often the fatigue begins as part of an infection or flu, but is far more severe than is usually the case, and persists for periods far beyond the disease with which it begins.Almost 90% of patients diagnosed with this condition suffer from HEADACHES of some form or other. Many times it could be temporal, suggesting muscular stress or temporal muscular fatigue as a possible cause. An equal number suffer from DIFFICULTY IN CONCENTRATING, another sign of generalized fatigue and overall ill-being.MUSCLE ACHE is another common symptom observed in almost 80% of persons having chronic fatigue syndrome, and almost an equal number complain of JOINT ACHES and FEVERISHNESS. SORE THROAT is also seen in about 80% patients of this condition.Other frequently observed symptoms in patients diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome are DIFFICULTY IN SLEEPING, PSYCHIATRIC SYMPTOMS and ALLERGIES, each one of which is seen in more than half the number of cases. In addition to these, a smaller proportion of patients, complain of other symptoms like WEIGHT LOSS or GAIN, RASH, RAPID PULSE and CHEST PAIN.
This is an article that I found interesting and one which made me acutely aware that the symptoms we may feel in lupus, fibromyalgia or any number of autoimmune diseases.Hits : 147