CFS; Fatigue - chronic; Immune dysfunction syndrome; Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)
Symptoms of CFS are similar to those of the flu and other common viral infections, and include muscle aches, headache, and extreme fatigue. However, symptoms of CFS last for 6 months or more.
The main symptom of CFS is extreme tiredness (fatigue), which is:
Lasts at least 6 months
Not relieved by bed rest
Severe enough to keep you from participating in certain activities
Other symptoms include:
Feeling extremely tired for more than 24 hours after exercise that would normally be considered easy
Feeling unrefreshed after sleeping for a proper amount of time
Joint pain but no swelling or redness
Headaches that differ from those you have had in the past
Mild fever (101 degrees F or less)
Muscle aches ( myalgias )
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