Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a “syndrome,” or collection of symptoms, characterized by overwhelming fatigue and other symptoms that last 6 months or more. The syndrome is not relieved by bed rest. Aside from extreme fatigue, the symptoms can mimic the Flu or other viral infections.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Non-refreshing sleep
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Memory problems
  • Sore throat
  • Joint pains with no swelling or redness
  • Swollen glands / lymph nodes
  • Muscle aches
  • Mild weight loss
  • Feelings of depression
  • Confusion and concentration problems
  • Low-grade fever

Theories of the Cause

There are many theories as to what causes Chronic Fatigue. Some hypothesis of the cause:


  • Psychiatric illness related to anxiety or depression
  • Impaired immunity / autoimmune disease
  • Disruption in sleep cycles
  • "Personality issues"
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Chronic stress
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Lifestyle choices such as a lack of exercise or nutrition
  • Mismanagement of time and energy
  • Epstein Bar Virus
  • Human Herpes Virus-6
  • Imbalance of "Qi" (life energy)
  • Untreated Bronchitis, Strep, Mononucleosis
  • Viruses go underground and deplete the body of its resources
  • Unknown virus


Unfortunately, there is no conclusive answer as to the cause of CFS, at this time. However, some physicians and researchers agree that CFS is caused by many factors operating together (a multifactorial generated disease). This theory has not been fully embraced by traditional medicine.


Treatment varies depending upon the individual and their symptoms. People with anxiety or depression may find relief of CFS after treating the psychological issues. Talk to your physician if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.


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