The Center for Disease Control reports that over 1 million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. In 2009, a group of researchers thought they may have identified a virus as the cause. After three years of controversy they have found no link. FOX 9 medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou
"Honestly, we just don't know," said Georgiou about what causes the disease. "It could be caused by a virus that we haven't discovered yet. The predominant thinking is that it is caused by a multitude of factors."
The disease that effects more than 1 million Americans, mostly women starts off feeling like the flu, but the fatigue that goes along with it lasts for a longer time.
"It's a complete shift from what you were able to do before," said Georgiou. "Because there are no tests to test for chronic fatigue syndrome, the description of the fatigue is very important to the diagnosis."
Since a cause is unknown, it has become difficult for pharmaceutical companies to target pharmaceutical research simply because it isn't known what to look for. Dr. Georgiou suggests a team approach when it comes to treatment.
"There are some things that people can do to help move their condition forward," said Georgiou.
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