Unravelling the Mystery of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Fatigue is an incredibly common symptom of ill health; up to 30% of patients complain to their doctors of symptoms of fatigue, with a wide variety of possible causes. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), formerly known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a much rarer condition and describes a health problem where levels of fatigue are often so debilitating that they prevent sufferers from continuing with their normal daily life. CFS sufferers often have to take a significant period of time off work, since ‘rest and recuperation’ are the main ‘treatment’ recommendations given by medical doctors. Whilst it is still a relatively rare health problem, the worrying news is that the incidence of chronic fatigue syndrome is very much on the increase.

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