Here is the article from the Free Press. I cut and pasted it from the website. The side bar info is first then the article. I removed all the websites and phone numbers. The fight against fatigue Treatment helps woman battle syndrome BY KRISTIN BULL Side Bar: The signs Do you have chronic fatigue syndrome? It's hard to know for sure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that fewer than 20% of chronic fatigue patients have been diagnosed with the disease. Doctors at Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Center Inc. say patients have extreme, unexplained fatigue lasting six months or more with four or more of the following: Chronic or frequent sore throat Muscle pain Short-term memory loss Headaches unlike those previously experienced Joint pain unrelated to injury or trauma Tender lymph nodes Unrefreshing sleep Post-exertional exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours Chronic low-grade fever Resources Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Center Inc.: The national center was founded by a doctor who suffered chronic fatigue. Call the Troy location at . The center's Web site, features live chats with patient representatives. ImmuneSupport.com: Created by a chronic fatigue patient who has spent more than 20 years researching the disease, the site includes message boards and chats. You also can sign up for e-mail newsletters. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Search for "chronic fatigue" to find current research and statistics as well as treatment news. September 3, 2006 ARTICLE: Sure, we all feel tired. But imagine feeling so tired you sleep for 22 hours then wake up only to find yourself, well, tired. Then imagine being unable to shop for groceries or vacuum the house without needing a nap. Imagine feeling sick with the flu every day. This has been Darlene Mitchell's reality. For more than a decade, the Sterling Heights woman has battled chronic fatigue syndrome, a disorder best defined as extreme exhaustion that no amount of sleep can help. There is no cure for the disease, and there is no one test to diagnose it. Chronic fatigue is often grouped with fibromyalgia, a disease that involves fatigue with severe muscle pain. Darlene's struggle began 14 years ago, at a time when both diseases were grouped together and branded the yuppie flu. Over the years, she went through periods of feeling sick for months at a time. She saw numerous doctors who ran numerous tests. Some dismissed Darlene as a hypochondriac and suggested counseling. Then, two years ago, Darlene became really ill -- extreme tiredness, muscle aches, brain fatigue. She finally realized she had chronic fatigue syndrome. "The disease affects every aspect of your life," says Darlene, 47, referring mostly to her roles as a wife, mom and professional. Darlene works three days a week as a financial consultant, though she often feels too sick to work. She feels sad when her two sons see her so tired. And she feels guilty when her husband, Ron, pitches in with household chores even though he works between 50 and 60 hours a week as an engineer. But there is hope. Recently, Darlene found help through Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Center Inc. of Troy. The center offers individualized treatment regimens. Sultana Mustafa is Darlene's doctor there. "Patients come in to our office after they have been everywhere looking for help," says Mustafa, a former family practice doctor. After an in-depth interview and exam, Mustafa molds a specific treatment regimen for her patients. For Darlene, treatment includes dietary changes, natural supplements and medicine for thyroid and blood disorders, both of which are common in chronic fatigue patients. Darlene has spent thousands of dollars on the treatment, which is not covered by insurance. She has no regrets -- after four months with the center, she says she feels about 50% of the woman she was before the disease invaded her body. "I feel like I have part of my life back," Darlene says. "If I stayed at this level, I could live with that, but I'm very optimistic I will get to be about 95% of my former self."