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Changes to normal bowel function, alternating between diarrhoea and constipation (irritable bowel).
Unsteadiness and frequent falls.
The body loses its ability to maintain a stable condition (homeostatic control), which can be identified by changes in body temperature, sensory perception, blood pressure (hypotension) or sweating. /span>
Increased sensitivity to exposure to physical or chemical environmental factors.
All these symptoms bring about a very uncomfortable situation for the patient who is unsure what is wrong. They may also fluctuate over time.
Does it affect children?
Yes, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) also affects children and adolescents, predominantly girls. However, it is estimated to be 10 times less common than in adults.
It usually presents with symptoms of fatigue, migraine, a fluctuating mild fever and muscle pain. Paediatric CFS is defined according to some specific criteria (Jason LA, Working Group).
CFS is a contributing factor in academic failure as it severely decreases the child’s physical and intellectual performance. Paediatricians have to be able to detect this fatigue symptom and take action early on.
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Substantiated information by:
Joaquim Fernández SolàMedical InternistHead of the Central Sensitization Syndromes Unit
Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018
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