With the busy grind of daily life, many of us probably have normal bouts with fatigue, usually remedied by a weekend of rest and relaxation. But for some people, extreme tiredness is a daily struggle often resulting in profound exhaustion and flu-like symptoms, leaving them unable to participate in normal, daily activities. According to the National Institutes of Health, it is estimated that more than 1 million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, yet there is little understanding and awareness of this debilitating condition.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
The Mayo Clinic defines Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as a complicated condition where patients suffer from extreme fatigue that persists for more than six months that doesn’t go away with proper rest. Also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID), chronic fatigue syndrome can affect anyone, though it’s most common among women in their 40s and 50s.
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