Chronic Fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Dave Randolph

Chronic Fatigue? Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Fibromyalgia?

Chronic Fatigue (CF) is not the same as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)! 

CF is characterized by fatigue that has lasted more than 6 months and doesn't have a medical explanation. In fact your doctor might tell you it's all in your head or there's nothing wrong with you, that everyone gets tired. But you know what you feel is not normal and you want to get well.

CFS is a diagnosed disease and has many other symptoms. CF is actually one symptom of CFS. This is pretty confusing to most people so CFS was renamed to Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease or SEID. In addition to being wiped out all the time you may also be experiencing:

The following symptoms can help you identify whether you have Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia

  • Substantial impairment in short-term memory or concentration
  • sore throat
  • tender lymph nodes
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain in multiple joints without swelling or redness
  • headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity
  • unrefreshing sleep
  • discomfort after physical activity that lasts more than 24 hours
  • If you are also suffering from general non-specific pain, like a stabbing or burning sensation, you may be suffering from Fibromyalgia. Typically Fibro has CFS as one of it's symptoms.

    Looking at the image to the above you can follow the symptoms to see where you fall in the spectrum of CF->CFS->Fibro.

    PEM is "post-exertional fatigue" meaning you get really wiped out after any type of exertion which lasts for 24 hours or more

    Orthostatic intolerance means you feel dizzy or possibly faint when moving from lying down to standing up.

    There are no known causes of CF, CFS, or Fibromyalgia, although CFS is thought to be triggered by a viral infection such as Epstein-Barr Virus and can be a symptom of Long-Covid. Long-Covid can come from COVID-19 or getting the COVID-19 modified RNA vaccine and boosters. 

    CFS & Fibro have detectable neurological components - inflammation in specific areas of the brain

    Because all three are similar, the functional approach to helping you heal yourself from them are similar and my Re:Charge program is a step-by-step system designed to do just that!

    Are you ready to Re:Charge?