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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome vs Tiredness - Our Guide

Exhaustion, that feeling of tiredness, is something that happens to normal people on a regular basis. Being tired is something we all feel almost every day, especially given the world’s constant demands and pressure. Whether you spend your days in the office facing a pile of work that needs to be done or at home with a long list of household chores and errands to do, you end the day feeling tired.

Being tired is normal because yes, you are just a human. The exhaustion is your body’s way of telling you to rest. When you are tired, you know to feed your body and get a good night of rest after the day’s endeavor. But what if you are constantly tired and just can’t seem to recover after each day’s hustle and bustle? What if, apart from just being tired, other symptoms manifest such as headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and even sickness?

In such a case, a nap or a proper night of sleep may not suffice. You may need special medical attention because these symptoms might indicate that you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Thus, in this post, we will discuss the difference between mere fatigue and CFS so that you know when to seek professional help and special medical intervention.



Fatigue is usually attributed to either a lack of sleep or strenuous activity. Maybe you’ve been working hard all day at your job or have been attending to some rowdy kids at home. Perhaps you have been unable to get a good night of rest for a while now.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that we get seven to nine hours of sleep each day if you are between 18 and 64 years of age. Sleep is extremely important, seeing as your body needs time to rest and recover from the day’s activities. Not only will your body repair itself, but your mind will recover so that you have all the energy you need to get through the daily grind tomorrow.

In cases where you’ve been doing exhausting activities such as working out at the gym, doing the laundry, accomplishing household chores, or having a meeting and brainstorming with your boss, you ought to take a short break. Taking time to rest will help you recover and move on to your next endeavor.

You Might Have Chronic Fatigue


Unlike tiredness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a serious health issue that we all should be wary of. This is also known as ME, or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, which entails persistent exhaustion that cannot be remedied by mere sleep.

Extreme exhaustion that is beyond the feeling of tiredness is the main indicator of this syndrome. Other manifestations include a lack of motivation and energy, a lack of concentration, loss of memory, a sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, muscle pain and headaches.

Get Medical Attention


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an illness that requires medical attention from a health professional. It cannot just be cured by sleeping enough every night. A diagnosis of CFS should be first considered and initiated in order to determine how to address the problem since different symptoms can manifest.

From there, the medical professional can then determine a particular medical intervention for your specific case of CFS. Some of the main treatments for CFS are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Graded Exercise Therapy, and even the use of painkillers or antidepressants.


While depression may be an issue that affects the mental aspects of a person more than physically, there are still some physiological cues we can use to test for depression. For example, a blood test can reveal the hormone level to see if there’s a significant drop in serotonin and Oxycontin -- a common sign of depression. Additionally, an X-ray examination can show if there’s any change in the brain structure and activity that may indicate an early onset of depression.

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