|The CDC Diagnostic Criteria for
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
New onset of fatigue causing fifty percent reduction in activity for at least six months exclusion of any other illness that can cause fatigue
Presence of eight of eleven symptoms listed below, or presence of at least six of the eleven symptoms and two of the three signs listed below:
It's reported that only 2% of the population meet all he criteria of the American College of Rheumatology. This estimate is much too low. There are some problems with the ACR criteria. The biggest being many individuals with FMS meet some of the criteria but not all of it. Most of these individuals have other symptoms associated with FMS not explicitly outlined in the ACR criteria. They may have insomnia, irritable bowel, fatigue, mental confusion, and only 4 of the 18 trigger points. Or they may have insomnia, fatigue and 5 reproducible tender points. Although the minor criteria represent the most frequent and usual symptoms associated with FMS, it doesn't account for all of the various conditions seen in FMS patients.
Difficulties in orientation may occur when standing, driving, or reading. Dizziness and balance problems may also be present.
1. Mild fever
10. Sleep disturbances
In 1988 the Centers for Disease Control set the following criteria for diagnosing CFS:
2. The exclusion of other medical conditions that may produce similar complaints to CFS, including autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, chronic infections, psychiatric disorders, and hormonal disorders.
1. Tender lymph nodes in the neck or in the armpits.
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