Chronic fatigue syndrome is not just simply being “tired.”
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It’s a debilitating chronic illness with symptoms that affect sleep, concentration, pain and energy. More than one million Americans have the condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Because chronic fatigue symptoms are typically invisible and thus misunderstood — or even dismissed — by people who don’t have the condition, we asked our readers to describe what chronic fatigue really feels like.
Here’s what they told us: