About Unrelenting Fatigue

Unrelenting fatigue (UF) is a complex condition involving multi-system disturbances and abnormalities. Here are some basic facts about UF and its symptoms.

It's estimated that more than 25 million people in the United States are afflicted with disabling, persistent, fatigue-related symptoms. Because of the complexity of this condition, the normal 8–15 minute office visits often do not allow enough time for physicians to understand and diagnose the patient.

Diagnosis may be difficult because a vast number of other conditions have similar symptoms and contributing factors. In the past, it often took years for patients to receive a proper diagnosis. Parameters have now been established for earlier identification and intervention. Similar symptoms may signal chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, which also should be considered.

Treatment requires an extensive knowledge of a specialized field and focus on the symptoms. Tremendous advances have been made in understanding and treating this condition. Successful treatment requires a comprehensive approach, determination by the patient, and support from people in their lives.

Common symptoms of unrelenting fatigue include the following:

  • Unexplained, extreme fatigue
  • Decreased ability to perform work or educational, social and personal activities due to fatigue
  • Chronic or frequent sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • Difficulty concentrating or short term memory loss
  • Headaches unlike those previously experienced
  • Unrefreshed sleep
  • Tender lymph nodes

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 17 Apr 2013

Last Modified: 04 Sep 2015