Chronic Fatigue Syndrome | Symptoms

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What are the other symptoms of CFS?

People who have CFS may experience the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Tender or painful areas in your neck or armpits due to swollen lymph nodes (or lymph glands)
  • Muscle soreness
  • Pain that moves from joint to joint without swelling or redness
  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Extreme tiredness after exercising that lasts more than 24 hours

These and other symptoms often won't go away or keep coming back for 6 months or more.

CFS may occur after an illness (such as a cold) or it can start during or shortly after a period of high stress. It can also come on slowly without any clear starting point or any obvious cause. In some cases, CFS can last for years.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 01/94

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