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Official CDC Diagnostic Criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome*

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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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