You May Have CFS

You May Have CFS 

The symptoms of ME/CFS can come and go or a person may have these symptoms all of the time. At first, one may feel like she has the flu. The main symptoms include:

  • Feeling extremely exhausted for more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise
  • Not feeling refreshed after sleeping, or having trouble sleeping
  • Having a hard time concentrating, or problems with attention and memory
  • Feeling dizzy or faint when sitting up or standing (due to a drop in blood pressure)
  • Muscle pain or aches
  • Pain or aches in joints without swelling or redness
  • Headaches of a new type, pattern, or strength
  • Tender lymph nodes in the neck or under the arm
  • Sore throat that is constant or goes away and comes back often

Less-common symptoms of ME/CFS include:

  • Visual problems (blurring, sensitivity to light, eye pain)
  • Psychological symptoms (irritability, mood swings, panic attacks, anxiety)
  • Chills and night sweats
  • Low grade fever or low body temperature
  • Irritable bowel
  • Allergies and sensitivities to foods, odors, chemicals, medications, and sound
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the face, hands, or feet

Symptoms of ME/CFS vary widely from person to person and may be serious or mild. Most symptoms are invisible to others, which can make it hard for friends, family members, and the public to understand the challenges a person with ME/CFS faces. If you think you may have ME/CFS, talk to your doctor.

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