Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms
Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms can vary widely and can be tough to discern between the syndrome and other possible causes. Knowing what symptoms to look for can help you to determine if you might have this syndrome and help you to have the proper conversation with your doctor.
The most obvious symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome is fatigue. Everyone gets tired from time to time, but this is a different kind of fatigue. You may feel a sense of total exhaustion, even after having a good night’s sleep.
The fatigue must last for a long period of time before you can be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes people can have an infection that makes them feel fatigued for a few days or a week. This is more of a chronic condition.
Headaches are another hallmark of chronic fatigue syndrome. If you have fatigue combined with headaches that aren’t like any you’ve had before, this should raise an alarm for you. You may also experience joint pain or muscle weakness.
People who have chronic fatigue syndrome often have symptoms related to their mood. You may feel depressed or irritable as part of this syndrome. You may also notice that you feel confused more often.
And while this syndrome is marked by fatigue, it can also be marked by having the inability to sleep. Insomnia is a very common symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome and one that can be very frustrated when you already feel so tired.
You may also have a sore throat that doesn’t come from another source such as allergies or infection. And it’s not uncommon to experience swollen lymph glands when you have this syndrome.
But as you’ve read through these symptoms, you may see that they are pretty general and can also come from other problems. For example, arthritis can cause joint pain and other infections can cause sore throats and swollen lymph glands.
Headaches can be caused by a wide variety of problems including stress, migraine, and even tumors. Depression also causes many of the same symptoms as chronic fatigue syndrome so it must also be ruled out.
If you have some of these symptoms, it’s important to make sure you get examined by your doctor. Your doctor may discuss your history as well as take blood tests and work to rule out other possible sources.
Once other possibilities are ruled out, you may be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Having a knowledge of chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms can help you to know when it’s time to visit your healthcare provider.
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