Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day

Set on the birth date of pioneering nurse, Florence Nightingale – who had suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), this special day raises awareness on CFS, also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID). It is a widespread and debilitating condition which brings a wide range of symptoms that can vary in type and intensity

Those who suffer from CFS often feel a type of fatigue that only gets worse after physical activity or mental exhaustion. Even with sufficient bed rest, the feeling of fatigue does not disappear. CFS causes sufferers to experience an array of symptoms which may include muscle pain, depression, chronic insomnia, frequent sore throats, headaches, and loss of memory or concentration.

Read on to find out more on this substantially debilitating syndrome.

  • CFS can be difficult to diagnose because it shares similar symptoms with many other illnesses

 

  • The theories that have been put offered suggest several causes for CFS including viral infections, psychological stress, or a combination of factors

  • CFS is most common among people in their 40s and 50s

  • Women patients outnumber men by a nearly 2:1 ratio

  • Many people with CFS don’t look obviously sick

  • There are currently no specific treatments to cure CFS

  • The blue butterfly is a symbol of CFS support

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