Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What is it?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is characterised by a persistent fatigue that does not go away, however much rest you get. It can worsen after physical exertion and can make it difficult to carry out day-to-day activities. The exact cause is not known, but it is believed to be bought about by a combination of genetic predisposition, viral infection and lifestyle factors.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms vary between individuals and can very from day to day:

  • Insomnia
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Nausea
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Poor concentration
  • Sensitivity to heat, cold, noise, light or alcohol

What are the therapies that can help? 

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