But if you’re experiencing unexplained and unrelenting exhaustion – no matter how much rest you’re getting – you could be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
This debilitating disorder can be difficult to diagnose as no single cause has been identified and symptoms can often be misattributed. So if you’ve noticed a combination of these signs, it might be worth chatting to your doctor.
This isn’t your run of the mill lethargy – to consider CFS your fatigue must be severe enough to interfere with your day-to-day life, isn’t improved with bed rest, and has lasted for at least six months.
2. Loss of memory
Problems with memory loss as well as concentrating, vision impairment and clumsiness can be a sign of CFS.
3. Disrupted sleep
Despite feeling completely exhausted, many CFS sufferers have trouble getting a good night’s sleep.
4. Muscle pain
Aching or pain in your muscles, joints or head can be a symptom of CFS.
5. Flu-like symptoms
CFS can often feel like the flu, with sufferers frequently experiencing a sore throat and tender and swollen lymph nodes.
Heightened sensitivities to smells, touch, light, sound, foods and chemicals can indicated CFS.
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7. Exhaustion after exertion
Even small amounts of activity, like standing, can cause palpitations, paleness dizziness and shortness of breath.
For more information about diagnosis, treatment and management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or support visit emerge.org.au