Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Everything You Need To Know



By Dr Nick Knight in GQ.


For years this debilitating disorder was viewed with scepticism and doubt, but the GQ Doctor and most medical professionals now agree it is a real and serious condition.

Dear GQ Doc,
Is chronic fatigue syndrome the same as ME?
David, via email.

For years, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) was a controversial medical mirage: did it really exist or was it just a figment of the imagination?

To a degree, that mirage has now been approached by the World Health Organization, The Royal Colleges Of Physicians, Psychiatrists and General Practitioners and deemed to be, in fact, a real condition. Yet, like many conditions, it is intangible, vague and with no clear diagnostic test. To highlight its own identity crisis further, CFS also goes by myalgic encephalopathy (ME) and post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS).



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