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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Signs and Symptoms

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is classified as being of “unknown” etiology, though there is evidence that it is an autoimmune disorder.  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome seems to start with some sort of infection or illness, such as mononucleosis, Epstein-Barr virus, cyt0megalo virus, pneumonia, upper respiratory infection or herpes virus.  Once these illnesses clear up, however, the fatigue in chronic fatigue syndrome remains.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, supportive natural therapies, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:

The main symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome is persistent or relapsing debilitating fatigue which has been present for longer than six months, which does not resolve with bed rest, and which is severe enough to reduce the daily functioning of the person below 50 percent of what is normal for that person.

Other symptoms include:

  • Prolonged fatigue after physical activity
  • Poor sleep
  • Low-grade fever
  • Headaches
  • Forgetfulness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Frequent infections
  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpits
  • Inflamed throat
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain that moves from one joint to another
  • Increased sensitivity to chemicals, perfumes, and odors
  • Digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • More frequent illnesses or infections

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis

There is no definitive test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and it is generally diagnosed after other possible causes and disorders have been ruled out.  The criteria for diagnosis includes new onset of fatigue lasting six or more months, and a reduction of activity to less than 50 percent of normal, plus at least eight of the following symptoms:

  • low grade fever
  • throat infections without pus
  • painful lymph node swelling
  • generalized muscle weakness
  • muscle aches
  • headaches
  • joint aches
  • sleep disturbances
  • foggy thinking and forgetfulness
  • post-exertion malaise
  • pain that moves around the body from one joint to another

Recommended – Test for Heavy Metals and Mineral Imbalances using Hair Tissue Analysis

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

We suggest getting a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to help you determine accurately what your body needs more of in terms of essential trace minerals and needs to eliminate in terms of toxic heavy metals and toxic mineral ratios. Toxic mineral ratios and toxic metal accumulation following long term or acute exposure can contribute greatly to degenerative conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome.

Essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and sodium all have important metabolic functions. However, too little or too much of any of these essential minerals can have an adverse affect on the human body and it’s ability to recover.

How can a hair analysis help me achieve better health? If we consider that diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health.

The dangers of exposure to toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum have been well documented over the years. Levels of heavy metals in the body can only be accurately measured using a hair tissue analysis or a chelation challenge test (which can be expensive and have serious side-effects). Blood or urine tests give information about your metal or mineral levels at the time of the test only.

Testing for minerals in the urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body. So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.

A hair analysis provides a biological profile of the past 2 – 3 months of intracellular activity revealing a unique metabolic world, which cannot be seen through most other tests. The hair mineral analysis gives you or your healthcare professional much-needed information about mineral deficiencies and chemical imbalances in your body, especially if you’re suffering from symptoms of any disease or disorder, including chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Step-by-step Program Proven to Help You Get Well!
Rodger H. Murphree
Defeat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: You Don’t Have to Live with It — An Eight Step Protocol
Martha E. Kilcoyne

Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia (Second Edition) (Hope & Help for)
Alison C. Bested
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Other Invisible Illnesses: The Comprehensive Guide
Katrina Berne

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Resources

General Patient Resources

  • CFIDS Association of America

Information, support and advocacy resources for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers.


A chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia  forum.

  • Healing Well . com

Another support forum with a total of 1,274,506 posts in 144,769 threads.

  • Life Extension Foundation

Immune system protocols.

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, prevention, treatment of this complex disorder.

  • Pub Med Health

Learn about causes, symptoms, treatment, resources and prognosis.