Important It is possible that the main title of the report Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue and other related symptoms. Standards for the diagnosis of CFS have been defined by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These include excessive fatigue that does not respond to bed rest, combined with four or more of the following symptoms: substantial impairment in short-term memory or concentration; sore throat; tender lymph nodes; muscle pain; pain in multiple joints without redness or stiffness; headaches of a new type, pattern or severity; unrefreshing sleep; and a general feeling of ill health (malaise) for up to 24 hours after exertion.
Chronic fatigue syndrome has generated significant debate and controversy in the medical community. It remains a poorly understood and potentially debilitating illness. Scientists believe chronic fatigue syndrome is not contagious and that multiple factors including immunological, genetic, environmental ones working in combination cause the development of chronic fatigue syndrome. Laboratory tests (blood, urine, etc.) are of little value in diagnosing the syndrome.
National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia Association P.O. Box 18426 Kansas City, MO 64133 USA Tel: (816)737-1343 Fax: (816)524-6782 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.ncfsfa.org
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. 22100 Gratiot Ave. Eastpointe, MI 48021 Tel: (586)776-3900 Fax: (586)776-3903 Tel: (800)598-4668 Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.aarda.org/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30333 Tel: (404)639-3534 Tel: (800)232-4636 TDD: (888)232-6348 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.cdc.gov/
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Office of Communications and Government Relations 6610 Rockledge Drive, MSC 6612 Bethesda, MD 20892-6612 Tel: (301)496-5717 Fax: (301)402-3573 Tel: (866)284-4107 TDD: (800)877-8339 Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 611 East Wells Street Milwaukee, WI 53202 Tel: (414)272-6071 Fax: (414)276-3349 Tel: (800)822-2762 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.aaaai.org
CFIDS Association of America PO Box 220398 Charlotte, NC 28222-0398 USA Tel: (704)365-2343 Fax: (704)365-9755 Tel: (800)442-3437 Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.cfids.org
National CFIDS Foundation, Inc. 103 Aletha Road Needham, MA 02492-3931 Tel: (781)449-3535 Fax: (781)449-8606 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.ncf-net.org
Wisconsin Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association, Inc. 733 Lois Drive Sun Prairie, WI 53590 USA Tel: (608)834-1001 Tel: (855)878-5555 Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.wicfs-me.org/
New Horizons Un-Limited, Inc. 811 East Wisconsin Ave P.O. Box 510034 Milwaukee, WI 53203 USA Tel: (414)299-0124 Fax: (414)347-1977 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.new-horizons.org
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center PO Box 8126 Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126 Tel: (301)251-4925 Fax: (301)251-4911 Tel: (888)205-2311 TDD: (888)205-3223 Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/
Autoimmune Information Network, Inc. PO Box 4121 Brick, NJ 08723 Fax: (732)543-7285 Email: email@example.com
European Society for Immunodeficiencies 1-3 rue de Chantepoulet Geneva, CH 1211 Switzerland Tel: 410229080484 Fax: 41229069140 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.esid.org
AutoImmunity Community Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.autoimmunitycommunity.org
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