Chronic Fatigue vs. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Different Conditions, Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
By Adrienne Dellwo, About.com
Updated: January 26, 2009
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What's the Difference Between Chronic Fatigue & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
The terms "chronic fatigue" and "chronic fatigue syndrome"1 (CFS or ME/CFS2) often are used interchangeably, but they're actually 2 very different conditions that are diagnosed and treated differently. Understanding Fatigue
Fatigue3 is one of the most common complaints doctors hear. Much of the time it's caused by stress, lack of sleep, overexertion or minor illness such as a cold. Typically, fatigue goes away when you get rest or recover from being sick.
In both chronic fatigue and ME/CFS, fatigue is extreme and constant. It makes it difficult or impossible for you to function at even the most basic level. Think of the way you felt the last time you were seriously ill, severely sleep deprived, or coming out from under anesthesia -- that's the kind of fatigue we're talking about.
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