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CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS/ME)
Part of my initial diagnosis was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME). At the time I didn't fit into the typical CFS/ME diagnosis as little was known about this syndrome and it focussed mainly around fatigue and I was having a lot of widespread pain. The chronic fatigue that I suffered is still part of my symptoms today which I try to keep under control.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) is a condition that causes marked long-term fatigue and other symptoms which are not caused by any other known medical condition.
CFS stands for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Chronic means persistent or long-term.
ME stands for Myalgic Encaphalomyelitis. Myalgic means muscle aches or pains. Encaphalomyelitis means inflammation in the brain or spinal cord.
In addition to fatigue, one or more of the following symptoms are common (but most people do not have them all). In some people, one of the following symptoms is more dominant than the fatigue and is the main symptom:
Mental (cognitive) difficulties such as poor concentration, poor short-term memory, reduced attention span, poor memory for recent events, difficulty to plan or organise your thoughts, difficulty finding the right words to say, sometimes feeling disorientated.
Sleeping difficulties, for example early waking, being unable to sleep, too much sleep, disrupted sleep/wake patterns.
Pains - most commonly, muscular pains (myalgia), joint pains and headaches.
Recurring sore throat, often with tenderness of the nearby lymph glands.
A range of other symptoms has been reported in some cases. For example, dizziness, nausea (feeling sick) and palpitations.
Physical or mental exertion will often make your symptoms worse.
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