Chronic fatigue syndrome

Common Name(s)

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that causes extreme, long-lasting fatigue which can limit the ability to participate in ordinary, daily activities. It generally occurs in young adults between the ages of 20 and 40. The main symptom of this condition is disabling fatigue that does not improve with rest. Other signs and symptoms may include muscle pain; joint pain; concentration and memory problems; headaches; sleep problems; fever; sore throat; and/or tender lymph nodes. The exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is not known, but it has been proposed that infectious agents, immune system impairment and/or hormonal system deregulation may be involved. There is no cure for this condition; the goal of treatment is to improve symptoms. Medications may be used to treat pain, sleep disorders and other associated problems.
 

Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Chronic fatigue syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

Solve ME/CFS Initiative, Inc.

For CFS to be widely understood, diagnosable, curable and preventable.

Last Updated: 15 Aug 2014

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Wisconsin Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association, Inc.

The Wisconsin Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association mission statement (1987): To act as a clearinghouse for CFS information, assist patients and their families, encourage communication among agencies, institutions, and concerned individuals and promote research on the cause, cure, and ultimate prevention of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Chronic fatigue syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

Solve ME/CFS Initiative, Inc.

For CFS to be widely understood, diagnosable, curable and preventable.

http://solvecfs.org/

Last Updated: 15 Aug 2014

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Wisconsin Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association, Inc.

The Wisconsin Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association mission statement (1987): To act as a clearinghouse for CFS information, assist patients and their families, encourage communication among agencies, institutions, and concerned individuals and promote research on the cause, cure, and ultimate prevention of chronic fatigue syndrome.

http://www.wicfs-me.org

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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General Resources

SolveCFS BioBank

The SolveCFS BioBank collects and stores a bank of biological samples and clinical information from individuals with CFS and unaffected individuals aged 10 and older.

Updated 6 Dec 2012

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Research1st News

Our free monthly e-newsletter, Research1st News, provides the latest research and policy news, as well as information about upcoming events and media coverage. Visit the archive to read past issues and to sign up to receive upcoming issues by email.

Updated 6 Dec 2012

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SolveCFS: The Chronicle of the CFIDS Association of America

The Association's print publication highlighting how the Association is advancing progress in CFS research and policy and it will share global news of interest to those who are committed to our cause.

Updated 6 Dec 2012

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ME.CFS. Toll free hotline.

Agencies can e mail us to ask for posters to display our hotline number so clients can attain disease information. IMPORTANT TO NOT discard those without computers.

Updated 1 Feb 2013

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Research1st

This website is intended to become a one-stop shop for the most current and reliable information about CFS-related research being conducted by top-flight scientists worldwide.

Updated 6 Dec 2012

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Scientific Literature

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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Chronic fatigue syndrome" returned 718 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Chronic fatigue syndrome in Chinese middle-school students.
 

Author(s): Jieyao Shi, Jie Shen, Jian Xie, Jianming Zhi, Yong Xu

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jan;97(4):e9716.

 

The objective of the present study was to determine the prevalence of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and its associated factors in middle-school students in Suzhou, China. From September 2010 to January 2011, across-sectional study was conducted in junior- and senior middle-school ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Cellular bioenergetics is impaired in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.
 

Author(s): Cara Tomas, Audrey Brown, Victoria Strassheim, Joanna L Elson, Julia Newton, Philip Manning

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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a highly debilitating disease of unknown aetiology. Abnormalities in bioenergetic function have been cited as one possible cause for CFS. Preliminary studies were performed to investigate cellular bioenergetic abnormalities in CFS patients. A series ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Chronic fatigue syndrome" returned 70 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Practical management of chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis in childhood.
 

Author(s): Amberly Brigden, Maria Loades, Anna Abbott, Joanne Bond-Kendall, Esther Crawley

Journal: Arch. Dis. Child.. 2017 10;102(10):981-986.

 

Paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis affects at least 1% of secondary school children in the UK and is very disabling. Treatment is effective but few children get a diagnosis or access treatment. This paper summarises what we currently know about diagnosing ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Examining clinical similarities between myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and D-lactic acidosis: a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Amy Wallis, Michelle Ball, Sandra McKechnie, Henry Butt, Donald P Lewis, Dorothy Bruck

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The pursuit for clarity in diagnostic and treatment pathways for the complex, chronic condition of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) continues. This systematic review raises a novel question to explore possible overlapping aetiology in two distinct conditions. ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Vitamin and mineral status in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Monica L Joustra, Isidor Minovic, Karin A M Janssens, Stephan J L Bakker, Judith G M Rosmalen

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Many chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients (35-68%) use nutritional supplements, while it is unclear whether deficiencies in vitamins and minerals contribute to symptoms in these patients. Objectives were (1) to determine vitamin and mineral status ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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High-tech Acupuncture for Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2016

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Last Updated: 15 Nov 2016

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Last Updated: 18 Apr 2018

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