The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) & hyperventilation

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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized by severe fatigue,

lasting for at least 6 months, for which no somatic

explanation can be found. Because hyperventilation can produce

substantial fatigue, it seems worthwhile to investigate the

relationship between it and CFS. It might be hypothesized that

hyperventilation plays a causal or perpetuating role in CFS.

CFS patients, non-CFS patients known to experience

hyperventilation, and healthy controls were compared on

complaints of fatigue and hyperventilation. CFS patients and

non-CFS patients known to experience hyperventilation offered

substantial complaints of fatigue and hyperventilation, both

to a similar degree. Physiological evidence of

hyperventilation was found significantly more often in CFS

patients than in healthy controls. However, no significant

differences between CFS patients with and CFS patients without

hyperventilation were found on severity of fatigue,

impairment, number of complaints, activity level,

psychopathology, and depression. It is concluded that

hyperventilation in CFS should probably be regarded as an

epiphenomenon.

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