Generally, the prognosis for fatigue is good, because many of the causes are
relatively easy to treat. However, the prognosis decreases if the person has
difficulty in complying with treatments or has underlying conditions (for example,
advanced diabetes or COPD) that are severe and slowly progress.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
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Previous contributing authors and editors: Author: Julie C Haviland, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency
Medicine, St Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Coauthor(s): Richard Worthington, MD, Program Instructor, Department of
Emergency Medicine, St Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor,
Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco
Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James S Cohen, MD,
Consulting Staff, James Cohen, PC.
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