Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME) is a long term illness which can cause excessive fatigue, widespread pain, problems with memory and concentration and stomach problems.  Fatigue is not usually relieved by sleep or rest, even with larger than usual amounts of sleep.  The causes of chronic fatigue syndrome are not fully understood, but several factors are likely to contribute to the development of the condition.  Sometimes symptoms start after a viral illness, whilst in others, stress, sleep disturbance, an accident or other illness can be the trigger.  In many people there is no definite cause for the onset of symptoms.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome does not benefit from excessive rest and you should aim to remain as active as possible.  Gradually building up your exercise tolerance, changing your sleep habits and slowly returning to your normal activities can help to improve the condition.  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (a talking therapy) can also be helpful in managing your symptoms.  For more information about CFS, please visit the www.nhs.uk website.