Almost everyone experiences fatigue from time to time. But for at least one million U.S. adults, teens and children, the fatigue is crushing, unrelieved by rest and accompanied by a constellation of other punishing symptoms. They suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS, also known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (or CFIDS). Its symptoms are debilitating enough to destroy good health and active lifestyles, end fulfilling careers and devastate families.
More people suffer from CFS than MS, lung cancer or AIDS. Yet 80% have not been diagnosed by a medical provider. Preliminary studies indicate that for CFS, as with other chronic conditions, early detection, diagnosis and treatment ultimately yield better health outcomes.
If you are interested in participating in the SolveCFS BioBank as a CFS patient, please use this questionnaire as an inital screening tool to help determine your eligibility. Studies conducted using blood and tissue samples collected in the BioBank may have more specific enrollment criteria, but this online tool serves as a useful starting point for interested individuals. It follows the diagnostic algorithm that many health care professionals will use to look for a general pattern of symptoms that is consistent with a CFS diagnosis. It is designed to assess the likelihood that your self-reported symptoms fit with the general pattern of CFS symptoms. In any case, it should not discourage you from seeking medical attention for diagnosis and care. If you have already been diagnosed by a health care professional it should not substitute for that assessment.
The Solve ME/CFS Initiative, Inc. does not dispense medical advice on the diagnosis or treatment of chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS) or similar conditions. This questionnaire is provided only as a source of information to site visitors about the symptom patterns and exclusions that can lead a health care provider to make a diagnosis of CFIDS/CFS. The Solve ME/CFS Initiative assumes no liability for any medical treatment or other activity undertaken by readers. For medical advice, please consult your personal health care provider.