Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
by Amy Scholten, MPH
CFS symptoms usually appear suddenly, but for some people they may develop over a longer period of time. This may happen after an infection such as a cold. Even though the infection goes away, many have persistent, severe fatigue that interferes with normal function. CFS symptoms vary from person to person, and may come and go in cycles of symptom remission and flare-ups.
The main symptoms for CFS include:
Other symptoms may not be present in everyone, but may include:
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Last reviewed May 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 5/4/2018
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