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Chronic fatigue syndrome

This is a chronic debilitating illness and is, for many, a long-term condition. Our focus summarises three recent research studies relating to chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a chronic debilitating illness and is, for many, a long-term condition. This focus summarises three recent research studies relating to this poorly understood illness

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) – or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) – is an umbrella term encompassing symptoms that include overwhelming tiredness, post exertional malaise, cognitive dysfunction, sleep disturbances, muscle and joint pain, headaches, dizziness and heart palpitations. These symptoms cannot be explained by any underlying medical condition ( Collin et al 2016 ). It is more common in younger females (aged mid twenties to forties) but can affect anyone, including children (

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