Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is also referred to as also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), and Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID).  While up to 50% of people with CFS experience depression, CFS is not the same as depression, and depression is not the cause of CFS.  Treatments for just depression is incomplete, and can be quite harmful for some people with CFS. For example those with issues like severe liver detoxification impairment (e.g Cytochrome P450), pseudo allergies and adrenal fatigue (low cortisol).  

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is characterised by Debilitating Fatigue, that can triggered by mild exertion (physical, mental) and poor sleep and unrefreshing sleep.

Symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome often mimic those related to  multiple sclerosis and Vestibular Disorders.  Symptoms can be made worse by Stress,  Activity that is not paced, Medications, and environmentat triggers including

Things you can do to help with CFS

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  • Find a doctor who understands ME/CFS.
  • The main symptom of ME/CFS is having flu-like symptoms after exercise. ME/CFS is much more than feeling tired or ‘fatigued’.
  • There are a number of subtypes of ME/CFS, so treatments will affect people differently.
  • A self-management course can help you learn how best to manage your ME/CFS.
  • Exercise can help some, but not all, people with ME/CFS.
  • Only make very small increases in the frequency, duration and intensity of your exercise program.
  • Set realistic activity goals and congratulate yourself on any gains you make, no matter how small.
  • Listen to your body – if you don’t feel up to exerting yourself on a particular day, don’t.


Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)/myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy) (ME) is a relatively common illness.

CFS/ME is characterised by debilitating fatigue that is unlike everyday fatigue and can be triggered by minimal activity. This raises especially complex issues in adults and children with severe CFS/ME.

People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome usually experience a wide range of symptoms. The physical symptoms can be as disabling as multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure and other chronic conditions.

CFS should only be considered for diagnosis, when symptoms are present for more than 4 months (children) or 6 months (adults).

Most people with CFS go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed with anxiety or depression.

While anxiety and depression impacts up to 50% of people with CFS, it is not the cause.  A misdiagnosis  unfortunately  can lead to incomplete (and sometimes inappropriate and harmful) treatments.

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