8 Signs of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome You Might Be Ignoring

Since chronic fatigue syndrome can develop gradually over time, it’s easy to write off these otherwise common symptoms. But if you’re checking off more than one of these boxes, talk to your doctor about whether you could have this debilitating and complex disorder.

Chronic fatigue syndrome symptom: Muscle weakness

Unlike weakness that results from a tough workout or a day spent moving heavy boxes, people with chronic fatigue syndrome often complain of muscle weakness that has no obvious cause. Limbs may feel difficult to move, making it difficult to complete day-to-day tasks.

Chronic fatigue syndrome symptom: Sensitivity to light

Photophobia, or sensitivity to light, is a sign that you may have chronic fatigue syndrome. Symptoms of photophobia include getting headaches from certain kinds of artificial light and having to squint to see without irritation.

Chronic fatigue syndrome symptom: Physical sickness from activity

Sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome often become nauseated or actually vomit from normal physical activities that didn’t used to pose a problem. People with chronic fatigue syndrome can typically take more than 24 hours to recover from these illnesses. Be aware: Nausea and vomiting can also be a sign of a heart attack.     

Chronic fatigue syndrome symptom: Confusion

People who have chronic fatigue syndrome often complain that they have trouble concentrating, which may come from a lack of true rest, another CFS symptom, or from a combination of other symptoms.

Chronic fatigue syndrome symptom: Swollen lymph nodes

When we get a virus, our lymph nodes may become inflamed. Since chronic fatigue syndrome results from several different viruses, you may notice that your lymph nodes are swollen.