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While the chronic fatigue syndrome prognosis often varies considerably among people with the condition, it is thought that about 50 percent of people with chronic fatigue syndrome will recover. For most people who recover from chronic fatigue syndrome, it is thought that they do so within five years after first experiencing symptoms. People with chronic fatigue syndrome should understand that the condition often follows a cyclical course; in many cases the chronic fatigue syndrome prognosis may be for periods of illness followed by periods of well-being.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Prognosis: An Overview

Although the exact percentages are not known, it is thought that about 50 percent of people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or CFIDS) will recover and that most will recover within the first five years after experiencing the initial symptoms of CFS. However, the chronic fatigue syndrome prognosis varies considerably among people. While some patients recover to the point where they can resume work and other activities, other patients continue to experience various or periodic chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms. Chronic fatigue syndrome often follows a cyclical course, alternating between periods of illness and periods of well-being.


It is important for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome to understand the progression of chronic fatigue syndrome because this knowledge will help patients:
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