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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Synonyms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • CFIDS
  • CFS
  • Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue and other related symptoms. Standards for the diagnosis of CFS have been defined by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These include excessive fatigue that does not respond to bed rest, combined with four or more of the following symptoms: substantial impairment in short-term memory or concentration; sore throat; tender lymph nodes; muscle pain; pain in multiple joints without redness or stiffness; headaches of a new type, pattern or severity; unrefreshing sleep; and a general feeling of ill health (malaise) for up to 24 hours after exertion.

    Chronic fatigue syndrome has generated significant debate and controversy in the medical community. It remains a poorly understood and potentially debilitating illness. Scientists believe chronic fatigue syndrome is not contagious and that multiple factors including immunological, genetic, environmental ones working in combination cause the development of chronic fatigue syndrome. Laboratory tests (blood, urine, etc.) are of little value in diagnosing the syndrome.

    Organizations related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
      611 East Wells Street
      Milwaukee WI 53202
      Phone #: 414-272-6071
      800 #: 800-822-2762
      e-mail: info@aaaai.org
      Home page: http://www.aaaai.org
    • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
      22100 Gratiot Avenue
      Eastpointe MI 48021
      Phone #: 586-776-3900
      800 #: 800-598-4668
      e-mail: aarda@aarda.org
      Home page: http://www.aarda.org/
    • AutoImmunity Community
      None
      None None None
      Phone #: (91-9) -552-9057
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: bandrews@autoimmunitycommunity.org
      Home page: http://autoimmunitycommunity.org
    • Autoimmune Information Network, Inc
      PO Box 4121
      Brick NJ 08723
      Phone #: 732-664-9259
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: autoimmunehelp@aol.com
      Home page: http://www.aininc.org
    • CF Alliance
      P.O. Box 9204
      Bardonia NY 10954
      Phone #: 845-548-0313
      800 #: --
      e-mail: CF_ALLIANCE@yahoo.com
      Home page: http://cf-alliance.tripod.com
    • CFIDS Association of America, Inc.
      PO Box 220398
      Charlotte NC 28222-0398
      Phone #: 704-364-0466
      800 #: 800-442-3437
      e-mail: cfids@cfids.org
      Home page: http://www.cfids.org
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      1600 Clifton Road NE
      Atlanta GA 30333
      Phone #: 404-639-3534
      800 #: 800-311-3435
      e-mail: http://www.cdc.gov/netinfo.htm
      Home page: http://www.cdc.gov/
    • European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID)
      c/o Dr. Esther de Vries
      Hertogenbosch None 5200 ME's
      Phone #: +31- 73--6992965
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@esid.org
      Home page: http://www.esid.org
    • NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      6610 Rockledge Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-6612
      Phone #: 301-496-5717
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/
    • National CFIDS Foundation, Inc.
      103 Aletha Rd
      Needham MA 02492-3931
      Phone #: 781-449-3535
      800 #: --
      e-mail: gailronda@aol.com
      Home page: http://www.ncf-net.org
    • National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia Association
      P.O. Box 18426
      Kansas City MO 64133
      Phone #: 816-737-1343
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: information@ncfsfa.org
      Home page: http://www.ncfsfa.org
    • New Horizons Un-Limited, Inc.
      811 East Wisconsin Ave
      Milwaukee WI 53202
      Phone #: 414-299-0124
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: horizons@new-horizons.org
      Home page: http://www.new-horizons.org
    • Wisconsin Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association, Inc.
      747 Lois Drive
      Sun Prairie WI 53590
      Phone #: 608-834-1001
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: wisfsme@yahoo.com
      Home page: http://www.wicfs-me.org



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