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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about about chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

This FAQ about was compiled and written by with numerous contributions by others.

-0.00 Copyright
The CFS FAQ is copyright (c) 1997 by Roger Burns on behalf of the ...
-0.01 Introduction
This document answers frequently asked questions (f.a.q.) about chronic ...
-0.02 Disclaimer
The information presented in this document was written and ...
-0.03 Where to get the current version of this FAQ
Usenet: posted regularly to newsgroup alt.med.cfs, with subject FAQ: CFS ...
-1.01 What is CFS?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an emerging illness characterized ...
-1.02 What causes CFS?
The cause of the illness is not yet known. Current theories are looking ...
-1.03 Is CFS a "real" disease?
At this early point, many practicing clinicians remain ...
-1.04 Who gets CFS?
Few studies address this question. Several show that 70 to 80 ...
-1.05 Shouldn't this illness have a better name?
There have been many complaints since the name CFS was adopted in ...
-2.01 How do I find good medical care for CFS?
It is very important to find a health practitioner who is ...
-2.021 CFS definition
In addition to the official researchers' definition discussed below,...
-2.022 Clinical views
Several helpful guides to diagnosis have been written by ...
-2.03 What are the specific treatments available for CFS?
Many treatments are available. Most seem to be of limited usefulness,...
-2.031 Avoid stress
As odd as it may seem, typically the most beneficial program is ...
-2.032 Medications
Treatments tend to address the symptoms, since the ...
-2.033 Role of exercise
CFS patients will need to avoid stressful activities, and ...
-2.034 Dietary changes
CFS patients appear to be alcohol intolerant. Other food ...
-2.035 Secondary problems
There can be several related problems, such as yeast, that need to ...
-2.036 Article references
The following are citations of articles on CFS medical treatment ...
-2.04 What is the role of stress and psychology in CFS?
Preliminary research suggests that CFS may involve a brain disorder --...
-2.05 What research is currently going on?
There is a great deal of research going on, regarding the ...
-2.06 How does CFS usually begin?
For a slight majority of patients, the illness begins suddenly ...
-2.07 How long can CFS last?
The illness varies greatly in its duration. A few recover after a ...
-2.08 Is CFS contagious?
Since the cause of the illness is not known, the question of ...
-2.09 Is CFS genetic?
Several studies suggest that there may be a genetic component ...
-2.10 Do people die from CFS?
Essentially, the answer is no. Little about how CFS works in ...
-2.11 Is CFS related to depression?
Many emerging illnesses, before they have gained acceptance by ...
-2.12 Is CFS related to AIDS?
Enough is known about the mechanisms of both diseases to say that ...
-2.13 Does CFS increase the likelihood of cancer? There have been no formal studies about this question to date. Clinicians dealing with the illness have not noticed any higher incidence of cancer among their CFS patients. The issue is raised, however, because some research shows that CFS patients have impaired natural killer (NK) cell activity, and it is the NK cells which primarily protect against cancer. So this is an issue that bears watching.
-2.14 How does CFS affect children?
One of the special aspects of CFS in children is that their self-...
-2.15 How does CFS relate to pregnancy?
If anything, in many cases the illness seems to be lessened for ...
-2.16 How does CFS relate to other similar illnesses such as fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, Gulf War syndrome, neurally mediated hypotension, Lyme disease, candida, etc.)?
There are several conditions whose symptoms and patterns are ...
-2.17 How does CFS relate specifically to fibromyalgia?
Many people believe these may be the same illness, as discussed in ...
-2.18 How does CFS relate to neurally mediated hypotension?
This is a new area of study. Researchers at Johns Hopkins ...
-2.19 How does CFS relate to the Epstein-Barr virus?
The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the cause of mononucleosis, and ...
-3.01 How does one live with CFS?
- Know that it's not you. It takes a lot to adjust to your new,...
-3.02 How do I find support groups?
To find local support groups, ask your national ...
-4.01 How do I handle problems about my job?
- If your work is, or will likely be, affected by your illness,...
-4.02 What problems do I face in seeking disability benefits? This section will describe some resources for USA disability benefits. Contact the national organizations under question 5.06 for other countries.
Some on-line files have some helpful information. See the CFS ...
-5.01 What other FAQs are available?
There are CFS FAQs about resources on Internet/Usenet , on BBSs ...
-5.02 What books are available?
Note the support-oriented books listed under question 3.01 above, ...
-5.03 What newsletters and magazines are available?
The most widely read CFS journal in the world is the CFIDS Chronicle,...
-5.04 What CFS resources are available on Internet and Usenet?
There is a patients discussion group, available ...
-5.05 What CFS resources are available on other electronic networks?
There are CFS discussion groups and information files available ...
-5.06 What national organizations are there?
=== USA ===...
-6.01 What else is important for me to know about CFS?
Medical research and acceptance of the illness will develop only ...
-6.02 What is "May 12 / International Awareness Day"?
May 12 has been chosen by many national groups as ...
-A1. Articles on-line
There are a series of medical articles regarding the diagnosis ...
-A2. Common abbreviations
Below are shown common medical abbreviations that CFS people ...
-A3. Further information
This FAQ is not comprehensive, and there are (or will be) separate FAQs ...
-A4. Changes to this edition
Information about Suhadolnik's research on a bio-marker has been added to ...
-A5. Development of this FAQ
This is a document whose development is in progress. Please make comments to ...
-A6. Credits
The initial draft was written by Roger Burns. Some phrases were borrowed ...









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