The difference between being constantly tired and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Alyssa-Admin, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. Alyssa-Admin

    Alyssa-Admin Active Member

    Being constantly tired can be caused by a myriad of things - from stress and depression and overdoing things, to more serious health issues. If you have been constantly tired for over 6 consecutive months, here is the CDC's (Center for Disease Control) guidelines for diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (borrowed from Wikipedia).

    Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is the common name[1] for a group of significantly debilitating medical conditions characterized by persistent fatigue and other specific symptoms that lasts for a minimum of six months in adults (and 3 months in children or adolescents).[2] The fatigue is not due to exertion, not significantly relieved by rest, and is not caused by other medical conditions.[3][4] CFS may also be referred to as systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID),[5] myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS), chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), or by several other terms. Biological, genetic, infectious and psychological mechanisms have been proposed, but the etiology of CFS is not understood and it may have multiple causes.[6][7]

    Symptoms of CFS include malaise after exertion; unrefreshing sleep, widespread muscle and joint pain, sore throat, headaches of a type not previously experienced, cognitive difficulties, chronic and severe mental and physical exhaustion, and other characteristic symptoms in a previously healthy and active person. Additional symptoms may be reported, including muscle weakness, increased sensitivity to light, sounds and smells, orthostatic intolerance, digestive disturbances, depression, painful and often slightly swollen lymph nodes, cardiac and respiratory problems.[8] It is unclear if these symptoms represent co-morbid conditions or if they are produced by an underlying etiology of CFS.[6] CFS symptoms vary in number, type, and severity from person to person.[9] Quality of life of persons with CFS can be extremely compromised.[10]

    Fatigue is a common symptom in many illnesses, but CFS is comparatively rare.[11] Estimates of the number of people with the condition vary from 7 to 3,000 per 100,000 adults.[6][11] About one million Americans and a quarter of a million people in the UK have CFS.[12][13] CFS occurs more often in women than men,[14][15] and is less common among children and adolescents.[12]

    Although there is agreement that CFS poses genuine threats to health, happiness and productivity, various physicians' groups, researchers and patient advocates promote differing nomenclatures, diagnostic criteria, etiologic hypotheses and treatments, resulting in controversy about many aspects of the disorder. The name "chronic fatigue syndrome" is controversial; many patients and advocacy groups, as well as some experts, believe the name trivializes the medical condition and they promote a name change.

    Ultimately, if you are feeling 'not right' and are struggling with extreme fatigue, it is always important to see your doctor in order to rule out any other issues that may be the cause of your tiredness.