So What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is the most common name given to a poorly understood, debilitating illness of (as far as mainstream medicine is concerned) uncertain/unknown cause. It is also commonly known as ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).
The name chronic fatigue syndrome was proposed in 1988 in an article entitled, “Chronic fatigue syndrome: a working case definition”, replacing the original (and far more accurate) name of chronic Epstein-Barr virus syndrome.
Symptoms of CFS include muscle (myalgia) and joint (arthralgia) pain, difficulty concentrating, chronic, often severe physical and mental exhaustion and numerous other symptoms including hypersensitivity, digestive problems, depression, poor immune response, and respiratory and cardiac problems.
In addition fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, severe obesity and major depressive disorders have all been linked or diagnosed as associated to CFS. It has even been proposed that the very medicines they prescribe to deal with CFS may be