CFS also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is a complex and debilitating condition characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by rest and is accompanied by a range of symptoms. The symptoms of CFS can vary in intensity and duration among individuals, but here are some common symptoms associated with the condition:
Severe and debilitating fatigue that lasts for at least six months or longer and is not relieved by rest. The fatigue significantly impairs daily activities and can worsen with physical or mental exertion (known as post-exertional malaise).
Often referred to as “brain fog,” individuals with CFS may experience problems with memory, concentration, attention span, and overall cognitive functioning.
Unrefreshing sleep, insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, frequent awakenings, or disturbances in sleep patterns are commonly reported by individuals with CFS.
After physical or mental exertion, individuals with CFS may experience a worsening of their symptoms, such as increased fatigue, muscle pain, cognitive difficulties, and flu-like symptoms
Widespread muscle pain (myalgia) and joint pain (arthralgia) are common symptoms. The pain can vary in intensity and location.
Recurrent headaches, including migraines, are frequently reported by individuals with CFS.
Some individuals with CFS may experience a persistent sore throat and have tender lymph nodes in the neck or under the arms.
Symptoms such as bloating, nausea, abdominal pain, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can occur in individuals with CFS.
Increased sensitivity to light (photophobia), noise, certain foods, medications, or other stimuli may be present.
Anxiety, depression, mood swings, and irritability are often observed in individuals with CFS, which can be a result of living with a chronic illness and the impact it has on daily life.