Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Neurosurgeon Hunter

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and that cannot be fully explained by an underlying medical condition. The fatigue worsens with physical or mental activity but does not improve with rest. Watch the interview to learn more from Neurosurgeon, Dr. Roger Hunter:

Other characteristic symptoms include:

  • Sleep that isn’t refreshing
  • Difficulties with memory, focus, and concentration
  • Dizziness that worsens with moving from lying down or sitting to standing

This condition is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Sometimes it’s abbreviated as ME/CFS. The most recent term proposed is Systemic Exertional Intolerance Disease (SEID).

The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, although there are many theories — ranging from viral infections to psychological stress. Some experts believe chronic fatigue syndrome might be triggered by a combination of factors.

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