Saturday, May 16, 2009

Chronic Fatigue Vs. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue vs. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Different Conditions, Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

By Adrienne Dellwo,

Updated: January 26, 2009 Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical Review Board

What's the Difference Between Chronic Fatigue & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

The terms "chronic fatigue" and "chronic fatigue syndrome"1 (CFS or ME/CFS2) often are used interchangeably, but they're actually 2 very different conditions that are diagnosed and treated differently.
Understanding Fatigue

Fatigue3 is one of the most common complaints doctors hear. Much of the time it's caused by stress, lack of sleep, overexertion or minor illness such as a cold. Typically, fatigue goes away when you get rest or recover from being sick.

In both chronic fatigue and ME/CFS, fatigue is extreme and constant. It makes it difficult or impossible for you to function at even the most basic level. Think of the way you felt the last time you were seriously ill, severely sleep deprived, or coming out from under anesthesia -- that's the kind of fatigue we're talking about.

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Denise said...

Wonderful information.

His grace is sufficient. said...

Great info. People who have never suffered with chronic fatigue definitely do not understand it. When I deal with chronic fatigue because of MS, it is most deablitating. Keep up the good work.