Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms List

Here you will find a chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms list. This is to provide a quick overview of the many and varied symptoms.

Chronic Fatigue Diagnosis

To have the diagnosis of chronic fatigue a criteria needs to be met. This criteria was defined by Fukuda et al. (1994). It can be found at the end of the chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms list.

Remember, many of these symptoms are similar to other disease processes. Since it is difficult for a physician to make the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, how much more difficult will it be for you to make an accurate diagnosis.

There is nothing wrong with being an educated consumer. However, when it comes to self diagnosis, caution needs to be exercised. When it comes to self medicating, if you get it wrong, it could be even more hazardous to your health.

If you have not found satisfaction from your current health care practitioner, consider finding someone who is an expert in the health care challenge your facing.

Now, on to the chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms list.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms List

Primary Symptoms

  • Constant feeling of tiredness
  • Tiredness lasting as long as 6 months.
  • Rest does not help
  • Generalized weakness

Additional Symptoms (Four or more present to be diagnosed)

  • difficulty concentrating
  • short-term memory loss
  • mid-term memory loss
  • joint pain without swelling or redness
  • muscle pain
  • wake up tired after a full night sleep
  • headaches, often new in pattern, type or severity
  • discomfort, illness, or uneasiness for 24 hours after exertion.
  • sore throat

Other Symptoms that May Appear

In addition, a number of minor symptoms may also appear:

  • exhaustion after the slightest exertion
  • sleep not restful
  • aches and pains
  • thirstiness
  • brain fog
  • bowel disorder
  • nausea
  • loss of appetite
  • recurrent infections
  • elevated high temperature with no reason
  • severe weakness that does not end
  • dysfunction of mental processes
  • memory loss
  • exhaustion after mental exercise
  • exhaustion after physical exercise
  • not feeling refreshed after sleep
  • multiple headaches
  • lymph nodes may become tender
  • cervix area may become tender
  • frequent sore throats
  • irritable bowel movement
  • chills
  • night sweats
  • chest pain
  • chronic cough
  • jaw pain
  • allergies
  • frequent awakening from sleep

It May Also Be....

Many medical conditions produce symptoms similar to the above. If you feel that your suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome or ME, your doctor will want to rule out the following.

  • viral illnesses, glandular fevers
  • anemia
  • low thyroid function
  • uncontrolled diabetes
  • severe asthma
  • chronic lung disease
  • heart disease
  • heart failure
  • tuberculosis
  • depression

In the paper: "Evaluating the Centers for Disease Control’s Empirical Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Case Definition" in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies volume 20, 2009.....the following can be found...

"This case definition specifies that individuals with this illness must have 6 or more months of chronic fatigue of new or definite onset, which is not substantially alleviated by rest, is not the result of ongoing exertion, and results in substantial reductions in occupational, social, and personal activities. In addition, to be diagnosed with this illness, individuals must have four or more symptoms (i.e., sore throat, lymph node pain, muscle pain, joint pain, postexertional malaise, headaches of a new or different type, memory and concentration difficulties, and unrefreshing sleep) that persist 6 or more months since onset."

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