(Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) CFS is a serious condition that can cause long-term illness and disability, but many people – particularly children and young people – improve over time. One of the most difficult aspects of having CFS is that most of the symptoms are invisible, which makes it hard for others to understand what living with these debilitating illnesses is really like.
The main symptom of CFS is persistent physical and mental fatigue (exhaustion). This doesn’t go away with sleep or rest and limits your usual activities.
- Joint pains, muscle pains
- short-term memory loss and lack of concentration
- stomach pain, constipation, diarrhoea and nausea
- sore throat
- sleeping disorders
- sensitivity or intolerance to light, loud noise, alcohol, smoke and certain foods
- depression, irritability and panic attacks
- dizziness, sweating, high temperature
- poor immune system
- hormonal imbalance
- psychiatric problems
- family history
- traumatic accidents
CFS can not be diagnosed, doctors identify them with the symptoms and few tests.