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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fatigue can be a symptom of hundreds of medical conditions. All other possible causes of fatigue will be ruled out before chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is diagnosed. Exams and tests are used to rule out the most likely causes of fatigue, depending on the person's medical history and symptoms.

Chronic, persistent fatigue may be a symptom of various conditions, including:

Other possible causes of fatigue include:

  • Stress.
  • Medicine side effects, or medicines changed or added too quickly.
  • Alcohol or drug abuse.
  • Too little exercise or excessive exercise (overtraining).

References

Citations

  1. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) (2009). Questions and Answers About Fibromyalgia. Available online: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Fibromyalgia/default.asp.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerNancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Last RevisedApril 22, 2011

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