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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that has confused patients and physicians and now new studies have formulated the idea that the syndrome is caused by a combination of factors, including immune, nervous and hormonal imbalances. These hypotheses have stemmed from earlier beliefs that CFS was a mental illness, which have been disputed by technology involving brain scans. There is no effective treatment for chronic fatigue, where sufferers experience unabating fatigue that can be associated with sore throat, headaches, sore lymph glands, myalgia, arthritis, insomnia, and poor memory and concentration. The condition can be initiated by a viral infection, head injury, or stress, or can have no associated trigger. CFS mainly affects women and is often misdiagnosed as depression, Post-traumatic stress disorder, and fibromyalgia. Gene testing is currently underway to further medical knowledge about the cause, detection and treatment of CFS as current therapies offer little relief to symptoms.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by det news.com
About: New gain in Chronic Fatigue awareness
Date: 4 October 2005
Source: det news.com
Author: Judy Foreman
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