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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is A Debilitating For Those Affected

Posted: 3:58 PM Jan 30, 2007
Last Updated: 6:15 PM Jan 30, 2007

Jan112007Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is A Debilitating For Those Affected

Chronic fatigue syndrome; it is a debilitating and puzzling disorder that affects about one million people in the U.S.

CFS strikes women more than men, usually in their 40's and 50's.

But now, this disorder is being recognized as a problem in children too.

15-year old Ellen Nadeau was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome four years ago.

Ellen said, "It is hard to deal with because I have to make sure I get enough sleep and that I don't get sick."

Most commonly seen in middle-aged women, Ellen was initially misdiagnosed.

Ellen added, "I went to numerous doctors and at first I was told I was lactose intolerant."

For the first time, a pediatric definition for CFS is being presented at an international conference in Fort Lauderdale.

It will be published in a journal next month.

Leonard Jason, ph.d. of DePaul University stated, "Some children have things like abdominal pains, rashes, sleep cognitive memory problems so they sometimes have a constellation of problems that are different than the adult population."

CFS in children usually strikes between the ages 10 and 17 and about 80% recover.

Read more at http://www.wndu.com/mmm/headlines/5415806.html






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