Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a serious condition that mostly develops to people in their early 20s to mid-40s and children between 13 and 15 years. This condition can affect anyone but it is more common to women than men. The symptoms can be described as mild, moderate or severe but up to one in four people have severe symptoms. Your CFS condition can be described as mild if you can be able to take care of yourself but may require some days off work to rest. Your condition is described as moderate if it has reduced your mobility among other symptoms such as disturbed sleep patterns. A severe condition is when you can only undertake minimal daily tasks such as teeth brushing but with greatly reduced mobility.
It is important to note that the symptoms of this condition can be easily overlooked or misdiagnosed because they are similar to symptoms of other illnesses. However, a closer look at the symptoms can assist doctors distinguish CFS from other conditions. The main part of this illness is fatigue that is accompanied by other symptoms. People suffering from CFS experience severe, devastating fatigue that is worsened by mental exertion and physical activity and which cannot be improved by bed-rest. People with this condition also experience reduced levels of activity than they used to before they had the condition.
Some of the other diagnostic symptoms that accompany fatigue include extreme exhaustion and sickness following mental exertion or physical activity, sleep problems, concentration and memory difficulties, constant muscle pain, headache, sore throat, tender lymph nodes in the armpit or neck and joint pain that is not accompanied by swelling or redness. Other symptoms include mood and depression problems that include mood swings, panic attacks, anxiety and irritability, and visual disturbances that include eye pain, blurring and sensitivity to light. People with this condition may also experience irritable bowel, sensitivity or allergies to chemicals, noise, odors and foods and difficulty in maintaining an upright position.