By James Moore in Patient Worthy.
According to a story from Medical Xpress, chronic fatigue syndrome is one of the most poorly understood diseases. Although the name chronic fatigue syndrome seems to merely suggest that patients are just run down or overly stressed, the reality is that the disorder can lead to severe and debilitating symptoms. Patient groups have criticized that name of the disorder because it seems to trivialize the significance of it. Researchers are still unsure what causes this syndrome.
Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, is characterized by severe long term fatigue that can worsen significantly with even the slightest exertion and is capable of preventing a person from functioning on a day to day basis. The fatigue experienced by patients is not the result of unusual exertion, is not caused by a prior medical issue, and is not resolved by rest. It usually first appears at the 40 to 60 age range, and tends to affect women more than men. Treatment is symptomatic and there is no known cure.
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