postviral fatigue syndrome


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postviral fatigue syndrome

[-vīrəl]
Etymology: L, post, after, virus, poison, fatigare, to tire; Gk, syn, together, dromos, course
a condition after a viral infection of chronic muscle fatigue unrelieved by rest. Other symptoms may include visual and hearing difficulties, low-grade fever, stiff neck, urinary frequency, and insomnia. Also called benign myalgic encephalomyelitis, Iceland disease, Royal Free disease.

postviral fatigue syndrome

(post-vi-ral)
Chronic disability following a presumed viral infection. The most characteristic and persistent feature of the disease is muscle fatigue unrelieved by rest. Other symptoms include low-grade fever, headache, blurred vision or diplopia, stiff neck, vertigo, nausea and vomiting, lymphadenopathy, emotional lability, insomnia, urinary frequency, and either deafness or hyperacusis. In addition depression, anxiety, or other psychological symptoms may be present.
Synonym: Royal Free disease

Patient discussion about postviral fatigue syndrome

Q. I think i might have chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. how can i tell the difference? So far, the doctors have not been able to diagnose anything and have basically been putting me on random medications just to relieve the symptoms. Symptoms I have: Fatigue (sleeping thirteen hours +) exhaustion pain in my knees, ankles, and weirdly my elbows. Headaches, congestion. I’ve been really nauseous occasionally and ended up having to go to the ER because of it.

A. Here is a site that might help you. You can type in the symptoms one at a time and it’ll give you optional illnesses that correlates with the symptoms:
http://www.healthline.com/directory/symptoms

Q. What can cause chronic fatigue? For the last few weeks I’ve been having this strange fatigue, I sleep 12-14 hours at night (I used to sleep 6-7 hours), and I’m tired all day long. It really bothers me. What can is be?

A. Wow, there are so many…to give you a taste- here is a list. I guess some of them you can rule out pretty easily through checking your habits and other symptoms (if you have any):
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/symptoms/fatigue/common.htm

Q. How do you know when your tiredness is a chronic health symptom? Sometimes I'm just overwhelmingly tired and need to lay down for awhile. Then I feel better but then I haven't accomplished a lot. At least after I rest I am able to do things again. What is Chronic Fatigue all about?

A. Wow! Good question!
I tell you what- here is a very good site I use all the time. You enter a symptom and it gives you all the illnesses that have the symptom. Then you enter another symptom you have and it narrows the list.
I already entered fatigue for you:
http://www.healthline.com/symptomsearch?addterm=Fatigue

and here is a site about chronic fatigue syndrome that you can look for differences:
http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/womenshealth/factsheets/cfsyndrome.htm

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The key finding was that outcomes differed significantly for patients with various diagnostic labels, being best for those with postviral fatigue syndrome, worst for myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome, and intermediate for fibromyalgia (Fam.
Today, CFS also is known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), postviral fatigue syndrome, and chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS).
Today, CFS also is known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, postviral fatigue syndrome, and chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome.