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When you have chronic fatigue syndrome, learning how to pace yourself and manage or avoid physical and emotional stress is important. Patients who are living with chronic fatigue syndrome should learn more about:
- Physical activity
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Alternative treatments
- Disability benefits.
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Doctors and scientists all over the country are conducting chronic fatigue syndrome research. CFS research studies are designed to answer important questions and to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective. Chronic fatigue syndrome research has already led to many advances, and researchers are continuing to search for more effective methods for dealing with CFS.
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Several illnesses appear to have similar CFS symptoms. Examples of these illnesses include:
- Fibromyalgia syndrome
- Myalgic encephalomyelitis
- Multiple chemical sensitivities
- Chronic mononucleosis (mono).
Although these illnesses have a primary symptom other than fatigue, chronic fatigue is commonly associated with all of them.
While chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition, chronic fatigue is a symptom. Many conditions can result in chronic fatigue and a diagnosis of any of these conditions would exclude patients from a chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosis, unless the condition has been treated sufficiently and no longer explains their fatigue and other symptoms.
Conditions associated with chronic fatigue (as a symptom) include:
- Sleep apnea
- Major depressive disorders
- Chronic mononucleosis
- Bipolar affective disorders
- Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia
- Autoimmune disease
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus)
- Hormonal disorders
- Subacute infections
- Alcohol or substance abuse
- Reactions to prescribed medications.