What is it?
Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, is a condition that is characterized by extreme fatigue or tiredness that cannot be explained by any underlying medical condition.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include the following:
- Fatigue that is worsening with physical activity and does not improve with rest.
- Poor concentration.
- Memory loss.
- Sore throat.
- Joint pain.
- Muscle pain.
- Unsatisfactory sleep.
- Enlarged lymph nodes.
What to expect?
If you are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:
- Are there any investigations needed to asses and evaluate your condition? If so, what preparations are needed prior to these tests?
- There is no specific treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome; but management is focused on reducing the symptoms. What are your management options?
- A healthy diet, quitting smoking and an active lifestyle can help improve your symptoms and overall health. Which changes can you make in your lifestyle?