How long does chronic fatigue syndrome last?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and that can’t be fully explained by an underlying medical condition. The fatigue worsens with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.

Is CFS serious?

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a serious, long-term illness that affects many body systems. People with ME/CFS are often not able to do their usual activities. At times, ME/CFS may confine them to bed. People with ME/CFS have severe fatigue and sleep problems.

Can MS be mistaken for CFS?

Multple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic illness that has some overlapping symptoms with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Fatigue is a common symptom in MS, even early in the disease [1].

What is the most common type of fatigue?

The 14 Most Common Causes of Fatigue

  • Not Enough Sleep. Lack of sleep causes fatigue and can have a negative impact on your overall health and well-being.
  • Sleep Apnea.
  • Not Enough Fuel.
  • Anemia.
  • Depression.
  • Hypothyroidism.
  • Caffeine Overload.
  • Hidden UTI.

How long does chronic fatigue syndrome ( CFS ) last?

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are the common names for a group of significantly debilitating medical conditions characterised by persistent fatigue and other specific symptoms that lasts for a minimum of 6 months in adults (and 3 months in children or adolescents). The symptoms of both ME and CFS include:

Is the Breakspear medical clinic open to the public?

Breakspear Medical is a CQC registered day clinic dedicated to the treatment of allergy and environmental illness. As a private clinic, we are open to everyone. You may request a referral from your GP, from your private physician or simply call and make an appointment directly. Find out more by clicking on The Clinic.

What does ME / CFS stand for in medical terms?

ME/CFS is a term used to describe a long-term illness, which affects people’s lives to varying degrees.

How does cytokine shift in ME / CFS-Breakspear?

In this condition, the protein messengers between cells (cytokines) work together to cause allergy/sensitivity and increased reactivity by a mechanism involving antibodies instead of the normal activity against infectious agents, such as viruses. This is a cytokine shift from a “TH1” to a “TH2” pattern.