Chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS is not as simple as it sounds. This long-term and serious health condition affects various body systems to the point that people suffering from it cannot do their usual daily activities and are often confined to bed. Based on statistics from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), there were between 836,000 to 2.5 million people in the US suffering from CFS in 2015.
How do you know if you have CFS? Read on to learn about the symptoms. If you think you’re suffering from this type of fatigue, Arata Medical recommends getting help from chronic fatigue management groups or facilities.
Fatigue is defined as extreme tiredness. It is often the result of an illness or physical exertion. While fatigue is the first symptom of CFS, it is important to note that just because you experience fatigue on a regular basis doesn’t mean you have CFS. A doctor needs to diagnose CFS and check for other symptoms.
2. Concentration and Memory Loss
CFS patients have a hard time concentrating compared to other people. They also have problems when it comes to thinking and remembering important details.
3. Unexplained Muscle Pain
People normally experience fatigue after exerting physical effort. CFS patients often have unexplained muscle pains that move from one joint to another. Normally, this type of muscle pain is not accompanied by redness or swelling.
Other Symptoms You Should Know
- Sore Throat
- Severe Headaches
- Flu-Like Symptoms
- Dizziness and Feeling Sick Most of the Time
As the majority of the symptoms can also signify several other health problems, it’s important to consult a doctor to get the diagnosis and treatment you need. The condition can affect the quality of your life, so get help immediately if you think you’re suffering from an undiagnosed CFS.