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chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome
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Abbreviation for chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome.
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Patient discussion about CFIDS

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:

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):

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:

and here is a site about chronic fatigue syndrome that you can look for differences:

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However, once daunted as "the disease of the '90s", chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) continues to baffle the community of medical sciences today.
Indeed, a critical challenge is establishing within the medical community that CFIDS, a condition characterized by unrelenting exhaustion and many other symptoms including muscle pain and cognitive impairment of six months or more is a legitimate, medical disorder that requires funding and research just like any other disease.
These include Brownworth's introduction to the politics of access, Maura Kelly's "A Dialogue on Disability: To the Person Who 'Helps' Me," Mary Frances Platt's analysis of the politics of depending on an attendant, and Carolyn Gage's personal list of "do's" and "don'ts" for friends dealing with her CFIDS. Even the explanation of the editorial process can be seen as a lesson in how to be a good ally: Brownworth describes how she collaborated with non-disabled writer and activist Susan Raffo, who agreed to do much of the work (knowing that Brownworth's illness would make it extremely difficult for her to complete the project alone) but did not encroach on Brownw orth's editorial control.
Eight years ago, Anderson's now-19-year-old son, Jesse, became ill with CFIDS as well.
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According to Vicki Walker, public policy and youth outreach coordinator for the CFIDS Association of America/CFIDS Youth Alliance, the prevalence in CFS in post-puberty is about half of that of adults.
Although some CFIDS sufferers are able to function fairly well in their daily routines if they can learn to pace themselves, others are completely debilitated after any amount of exercise.
Elaine DeFreitas and her co-workers at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia used three types of tests with 30 people suffering from CFIDS and found that the majority of the volunteers showed some sign of infection by human T-lymphotropic virus type II (HTLV-II), a suspect in a rare form of leukemia.
Based on incomplete surveys, CFIDS strikes individuals of all ages, affects both sexes, and ranges across all ethnic categories.
After consulting with several doctors she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), which she prefers.
(Patient Alliance for NeuroEndocrineImmune Disorders Organization for Research & Advocacy, Inc.), Phoenix Rising, Rocky Mountain CFS/ME & FM Association (RMCFA), Vermont CFIDS Association, Inc.
This would help to explain why patients with CFIDS and FM may have reoccurrences of herpetic infections such as genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles.