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Examines the indications, therapies, and secret of persistent fatigue syndrome, ongoing learn into its factors, and the way to dwell with this sickness.

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The first difference, of course, is in the predominant symptoms of fatigue and pain, respectively. Also, although many of the symptoms are shared, the severity of certain symptoms seems to distinguish the two diseases. Doctors who study the type of pain caused by fibromyalgia are called rheumatologists, and it was the American College of Rheumatology that established the criteria for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, released in 1990. To receive the diagnosis, a patient must report having experienced widespread chronic pain for at least three months, and, most importantly, must experience pain when pressure is applied to at least eleven of the eighteen areas of the body identified as tender points by rheumatologists.

People with CFS often lose the ability to keep up with a conversation because they have extreme trouble focusing on what the other person is saying and processing the meaning of the words. Reading becomes a slow, laborious process because a patient might have to read one sentence many times in order to really grasp its meaning. “I couldn’t concentrate to read, and when I did, the words leaped all over the page,” Hillary Johnson says of her worst days. “I was 35 36 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome unable to hold a conversation with more than one person.

A person will test positive for these antibodies after only having been exposed to a virus. Therefore, a positive test for a virus does not necessarily prove that this organism is causing whatever symptoms a patient is showing. 46 47 The Question of a Cause In the case of CFS, Epstein-Barr virus is an excellent example of the difficulty of establishing a causal relationship. It is estimated that nearly every person who reaches adulthood is exposed to Epstein-Barr at some point and will develop the corresponding antibodies.

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