What are the Signs Of Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome?
by Helene Malmsio
Chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome is one of the names given to a disease that is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, post-viral fatigue syndrome or M.E.
Since there is no test for it, doctors have to diagnose it first by ruling out other things that they can test for (such as anemia) and then by considering the symptoms.
Most doctors now recognize chronic fatigue as a specific disease so the chances of being misdiagnosed or disbelieved are not as great as they used to be.
Still, the signs of chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome can be a little different in different people so it is important to consider them carefully.
The first thing to note is that the fatigue that is typical in CFIDS is not the same kind of tiredness that is suffered by somebody with insomnia or sleep disorders.
It is not a question of feeling sleepy.
It is a constant feeling of not having the energy to do things, like a person gets when suffering from influenza - except that it goes on for months or years.
You have to have had this fatigue for at least 6 months before a doctor will diagnose you with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Stimulants like coffee will not get you through it and if you force yourself to do more than you should, you will feel worse for days or even weeks afterward.
In addition there is a feeling called 'malaise' which people with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome get if they do more than their body can handle.
(They could be doing something that would be completely routine for a person in normal health, like climbing stairs or folding laundry).
Malaise means discomfort and it's a general feeling in the body that something is wrong.
At the same time the person feels physically exhausted.
People suffering from chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome also have difficulties with concentration which are often described as 'brain fog'.
Because of the combination of this and the fatigue, most people with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome have to give up work or education.
In mild cases they may be able to work part-time or even hold down a full-time job but only if they give up non-work activities so that they can rest in all of their spare time.
Other signs of chronic fatigue syndrome include:
- sleeping more, less or in a disturbed pattern
- unexplained muscle and joint pains
- headaches of a different type than before
- sensitivity to light, noise and odors
- sore throat and lymph nodes
People with chronic fatigue often have emotional problems like anxiety or depression, but these are usually thought to be caused by the disorder rather than being a symptom of it.
That is, a person might be depressed because they are sick for so long, or anxious because they cannot work.
The signs of chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome can also be symptoms of other diseases, some of them serious, so it is important to see your doctor and have tests.
Do this as soon as you can because it might be important to treat whatever you have quickly.
Many people hear about chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome and think that they might have it, but often the diagnosis is something different.
Learn more about CFS causes, symptoms and natural fatigue remedies when you read the rest of our information here about: How to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CFS.
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