Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

The CFS is a serious condition that is associated with a significant impairment of the quality of life. CFS is usually characterized by a sudden onset - often with a viral infection. Typical symptoms are severe exhaustion and physical symptoms, including sore throat and / or headache, concentration disorders, myalgia and sleep disorders, and a history over at least 6 months. In a subset of patient CFS is associated with a chronic infection or immunodeficiency.

CFS is identified by a diagnosis of exclusion.

Other diseases associated with fatigue symptoms must have been excluded before visiting our outpatient department.
This includes:

  • Internal diseases (CT scan / x-ray, CT scan abdomen, ECG / echo, labaratory: BB, liver, kidney, electrolytes, HbA1c, CRP, ferritin, CK, Proteinelektrophoresis
  • Chronic infections (hepatitis B / C, Lyme borreliosis, HIV)
  • Endocrine disease (thyroid, adrenal gland)
  • Gastrointestinal disease in case of abdominal pain
  • psychiatric disorder
  • Neurological disease (in case of nervous system symptoms: NMR cranial)
  • In case of arthralgia, fibromyalgia: rheumatologic disease
  • If suspected: Sleep Apnea