Fatigue is a symptom of an underlying disease and is described in many ways from feeling weak to being constantly tired or lacking energy. There may be other associated symptoms depending upon the underlying cause.

The term chronic in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) means...

1. Fatal
2. Curable
3. Long Term
4. Nonfatal

By definition, a chronic disease is one that persists for a long time, typically lasting three months or more. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines nor do they simply disappear. A diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) includes a person having chronic fatigue for 6 or more consecutive months, among other diagnostic criteria. There is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome.

Fatigue is always a sign of a serious medical condition.

1. True
2. False

By definition, a chronic disease is one that persists for a long time, typically lasting three months or more. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines nor do they simply disappear. A diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) includes a person having chronic fatigue for 6 or more consecutive months, among other diagnostic criteria. There is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome.

Women are more likely than men to experience fatigue.

1. True
2. False

If you complain of a generalized lack of energy, you are complaining of:

1. Fatigue
2. Weakness
3. Chronic fatigue syndrome
4. All of the above

Fatigue refers to a lack of energy. It is different from weakness, which refers to a loss of strength or power, and drowsiness, because you can feel tired without feeling drowsy or sleepy. Although people sometimes use these terms interchangeably, from a medical perspective the symptoms are distinctly different. Chronic fatigue is one aspect of the specific medical condition chronic fatigue syndrome, but CFS involves more than just fatigue. You can have chronic fatigue without having chronic fatigue syndrome. CFS is extreme, long-term fatigue that is associated with other multiple symptoms. Also, in CFS, other possible causes of fatigue have been ruled out.

Which of the following can cause acute fatigue?

1. Alcohol
2. Cigarettes
3. Caffeine
4. All of the above

Fatigue is sometimes a side effect of psychoactive substances such as alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine. Other substances that can cause fatigue include many over-the-counter and prescription medications, including some antihistamines, blood pressure medications, steroids, tranquilizers, and painkillers as well as marijuana and many other illegal drugs. Caffeine is known for its stimulating effects, but long-term heavy use can result in fatigue, especially during periods of withdrawal.



Which best fits the medical definition for fatigue?

1. Fatigue is the reduced capacity for work or accomplishment
2. Fatigue is loss of power
3. Sleepiness
4. None of the above

Fatigue, in medical terminology, refers to the state of reduced capacity for work or accomplishment following a period of mental or physical activity.

Increased irritability and a shortened temper are symptoms of CFS?

1. True
2. False

Increased irritability leading to a shortened temper is not a characteristic of CFS. In addition to fatigue, CFS includes characteristic symptoms such as: - Post-exertional malaise (relapse of symptoms after physical or mental exertion) - Unrefreshing sleep - Substantial impairment in memory/concentration - Pain - Headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity

People in their 40s and 50s are most at risk for CFS.

1. True
2. False

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) affects more than 1 million people in the United States, and research indicates CFS is most common in people in their 40s and 50s.

Which conditions may mimic symptoms of CFS?

1. Depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia
2. Hyperthyroidism, sleep apnea, narcolepsy
3. Hormonal problems, obesity, alcohol, substance abuse
4. All of the above

There are many illnesses that can mimic symptoms of CFS. These include: - Hypothyroidism - Sleep apnea and narcolepsy - Major depressive disorders - Chronic mononucleosis - Bipolar affective disorders - Schizophrenia - Eating disorders - Cancer - Autoimmune disease - Hormonal disorders - Subacute infections - Obesity - Alcohol or substance abuse - Reactions to prescribed medications

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can include joint pain, muscle pain, and sore throat.

1. True
2. False

Typically, symptoms of CFS can include muscle pain, pain in multiple joints, sore throat, and tender, swollen neck or armpit lymph glands.





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