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By Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD

Research Director
Bateman Horne Center
Salt Lake City, UT

Created: 04/09/2013
Last Updated: 04/09/2013

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Q: Can chronic fatigue syndrome be cured?

At this time, there is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome. In fact, there is no treatment for CFS, only treatments for the symptoms of CFS, such as headaches, pain, sore throats or sleep problems. Some patients partially recover, a few may fully recover, while others may find their symptoms get worse. Others experience periodic relapses. Since little is known about the cause and progression of CFS, the course of your individual illness cannot be predicted.

It is important to realize that people with CFS can be helped with appropriate care from a health care provider who understands CFS.