July 14th, 2011

Weeping Statue

Thursday Thirteen #73 CFS Edition

Greetings, Kittens!

I had a slight run-in over my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a few days ago, and I thought I'd learn from it and share a little bit here for those of you unfamiliar with it. I'm not in a mental space to discuss my feelings on it right now, but I thought I'd give you a short, to the point definition from the CDC and then 13 Symptoms of CFS. It's not an enjoyable subject, but learning new things itself should be enjoyable, so...


(Yes, I chose a sleeping angel for my CFS post because smiling is better than the alternative.
My persistant symptoms are in bold, occassional symptoms in italics)

CDC Definition: Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is a debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity. Persons with CFS most often function at a substantially lower level of activity than they were capable of before the onset of illness. The cause or causes of CFS have not been identified and no specific diagnostic tests are available. Therefore, in order to be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, a patient must satisfy two criteria:

Have severe chronic fatigue for at least six months or longer with other known medical conditions (whose manifestation includes fatigue) excluded by clinical diagnosis; and

Concurrently have four or more of the following symptoms:

1. Problems with sleep/unrefreshing sleep

2. Impaired memory or concentration

3. Persistent muscle Pain

4. Multi-joint pain without redness or swelling

5. Tender lymph nodes

6. Sore throat

7. Headache

8. Increased malaise (sickness or fatigue) following physical and mental exertion

Other symptoms associated but not used in diagnosis:

9. Irritable bowel

10. Depression or psychological disruptions (irritability, mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks)

11. Chills and night sweats

12. Allergies or sensitivities to food, odors, chemicals, medications or noise

13. Dizziness, balance issues or fainting

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