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Official CDC Diagnostic Criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome*

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By Source: Health Watch • www.ProHealth.com • April 1, 1993


Minor Criteria

Presence of 8 of the 11 symptoms listed –or- Presents of 6 of the 11 symptoms and 2 of the signs listed

Symptoms

Mild fever
Recurrent sore throat
Painful lymph nodes
Muscle weakness
Myalgia
Prolonged fatigue after exercise
Recurrent headache
Migratory arthralgia
Neuropsychological complaints
Sleep disturbance
Sudden onset of symptom complex

Signs

Low grade fever
Nonexudative pharyngitis
Palpable or tender lymph nodes.
Adapted from homes et. al.

Reprinted with permission of The CFIDS Association of America, Inc. November, 1993

"It should be noted that many leading CFIDS researchers feel the CDC criteria is too strict and therefore too exclusionary. A new, less rigorous definition would probably be more appropriate."

~ The Editor




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