What are the signs and symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)?

Updated: Aug 29, 2018
  • Author: Jefferson R Roberts, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The five main symptoms of CFS are summarized as follows: [1]

  • Reduction or impairment in ability to carry out normal daily activities, accompanied by profound fatigue
  • Postexertional malaise (worsening of symptoms after physical, cognitive, or emotional effort)
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Orthostatic intolerance (symptoms that worsen when a person stands upright and improve when the person lies back down)

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