CFS: Is It A Symptom of Other Diseases?

Is chronic fatigue syndrome a symptom of other diseases?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a feeling of severe and continuous tiredness or fatigue. The exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS is not yet known. Other symptoms of chronic fatigue are confusion, headaches, irritability, concentration problems, irritability, forgetfullness and feeling of not gaining energy even after sleeping for the proper amount of time. The symptoms of CFS are considered same as those of flu and other viral infections.

Some symptoms of other diseases can be similar to chronic fatigue syndrome. To avoid being misdiagnosed,find out more. Visiting your doctor and having all necessary laboratory tests can also help doctors to make the right diagnosis.


In most cases, symptoms of CFS are similar to fibromyalgia which is described as muscoloskeletal pain with a feeliong of fatigue as well as sleep, mood and memory issues. Since fatigue is the issue here, it may also be a symptom of many illnesses such as flu, viral infection, the human herpes virus-6 or HHV-6 and an inflammation in the nervous system. It can also be a symptom of a mental disorder. That is why its diagnosis is based on many exams and test which will rule out other diseases.

Epstein-Barr and the mouse leukemia virus

The Epstein-Barr virus and the mouse leukemia virus could also have triggered chronic fatigue syndrome. The Epstein-Barr virus is also known as the human herpesvirus 4 and is the cause of infectious mononucleosis. The mouse or murine leukemia virus or MLV has been linked to chronic fatigue syndrome and is considered one of the simplest viruses. This virus can cause cancer in mice but have been found in blood of people of with chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer.

Bipolar disorder

A bipolar disorder is a mental disorder by which chronic fatigue may be linked. People with bipolar disorder have a decreased need for sleep, making them less energetic and usually fatigued.


Chronic fatigue may also be a symptom of the autoimmune disease lupus. One of the common complaint of person with lupus is fatigue or feeling of tiredness.

Other diseases that may have chronic fatigue as a symptom are lime disease, depression, head and neck cancer, myofascial pain syndrome, schizoprenia, insomnia, and narcolepsy

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