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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)

Chronic fatigue syndrome, also called CFS or CFS/ME, is a condition that causes extreme tiredness and a range of other symptoms.

Chronic fatigue syndrome has a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptom is extreme tiredness.

Treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome include talking therapies, exercise programmes and medicines.

It’s not entirely clear what causes chronic fatigue syndrome. Possible causes include an infection or problems with your immune system or hormones.

Read more on the NHS website.

Chronic fatigue syndrome has a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptom is extreme tiredness.

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)

The main symptom of CFS/ME is feeling extremely tired and generally unwell. 

In addition, people with CFS/ME may have other symptoms, including:

Most people find overexercising makes their symptoms worse. 

The severity of symptoms can vary from day to day, or even within a day. 

The symptoms of CFS/ME are similar to the symptoms of some other illnesses, so it's important to see a GP to get a correct diagnosis.

Read more on the NHS website.

Treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome include talking therapies, exercise programmes and medicines.

Medical treatments

Treatment for CFS/ME aims to relieve the symptoms. Your treatment will depend on how CFS/ME is affecting you.

Treatments include:

Most people with CFS get better over time, although some people do not make a full recovery.

It's also likely there will be periods when your symptoms get better or worse.

Children and young people with CFS/ME are more likely to recover fully.

Read more on the NHS website.

It’s not entirely clear what causes chronic fatigue syndrome. Possible causes include an infection or problems with your immune system or hormones.

Read more on the NHS website.