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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Aug 27, 1998

Hi, Based on unexplainable symptoms during last 12 months, my primary care doctor diagnosed me as a CFIDS(Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction) patient.

What is the definite difference between symptoms of CFIDS and chronic fatigue caused by HIV.

I am also suffering comparative low T-cell level (around 400 - 450).

Thanks in advance.

Response from Mr. Molaghan

Hello Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction (CFIDS) became apparent in the mid 1980's as an epidemic characterized by debilitating fatigue and a host of other symptoms such as sore throat, swollen glands, muscle aches, etc. People with this syndrome have evidence of exposure to many viruses that can potentially suppress the immune system such as CMV and EBV and many patients have also been found to be suffering from depression. HIV related fatigue is usually attributable to one or more etiologies, such as acute infection, anemia, hormonal imbalances, dehydration, medication side effects, etc. Most types of HIV related fatigue could be treated if correctly identified. Patients who are affected by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are likely to have symptoms indefinitely and need support from their families and their medical providers.


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