Chronic Fatigue

To bust up some jargon…

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) – These are the same illness.

Chronic Fatigue is different and here’s why…

Without over complicating it, something is termed ‘chronic’ when it lasts for more than 6 months and therefore my fatigue is chronic.

Fatigue itself presents during many other illnesses such as Heart Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Kidney Disease, Anaemia (plus many others) and so Doctors gather your list of symptoms and start investigating what illness you may have. It’s not simple as many health conditions overlap in their symptoms and sometimes no two people, suffering the same thing, have the same symptoms. Stay with me… Doctors begin tests and if all illnesses are ruled out, then CFS/ME will be diagnosed.

Currently I refer to myself as having Chronic Fatigue and not CFS/ME until I have a firm diagnosis. I have other symptoms which could mean it is another health condition.