What is CFS, anyway?
First and foremost, in order to be classified as having CFS [Chronic Fatigue Syndrome], you need to have fatigue for at least six months. This fatigue can’t be explained or has been a lifelong condition, and most importantly, plenty of rest doesn’t take it away.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you have to have at least four of the following symptoms in addition to the long-term fatigue to be diagnosed with CFS:
· Headache of a different type or length than the headaches you’ve gotten in the past - a headache like you’ve never had before
· Aching muscles
· Painful joints
· An increase in symptoms before exercise; exercise makes them worse.
· Sore throat that comes and goes
· Swollen lymph nodes in neck, and underarms
· Short-term memory and concentration problems
· Unrefreshing sleep