One of the main symptoms
of CFS is persistent fatigue, malaise and tiredness. Some of
the general symptoms include:
Cognitive difficulties such as poor concentration,
reduced attention, poor memory of recent events, difficulty
to plan or organize and sometimes feeling disoriented.
Sleeping difficulties such as early waking,
disrupted sleep or too much sleep.
Pains such as muscular pains, joint pains
Recurring sore throat with tenderness of nearby
Intolerance and sensitivity to food, alcohol,
noise and bright lights.
Stomach symptoms such as alternating diarrhea,
constipation, abdominal pains and nausea.
Certain other symptoms such as dizziness,
excess sweating and disordered temperature control of the
body are also noticed.
The severity of cases can be subdivided into four
levels based on certain symptoms:
Mild Cases: The patients
can care for themselves and can do light domestic tasks
but with some difficulty.
Moderate Cases: The patient
has reduced and restricted mobility in most of the daily
activities. The may require rest periods often sleeping
in the afternoon for one or two hours. The patient may experience
disturbed sleep during the night.
Severe Cases: The patient
can do minimal daily tasks such as face washing and brushing
heir teeth. The patient may depend on wheel chair for mobility.
Very Severe: The patient
will not be able to carry out his normal daily tasks and
will not be able to move out of bed. The patient cannot
tolerate noise and is very sensitive to bright light (6).