05 Feb Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a very challenging condition and a source of considerable distress to both patients and doctors. Patients have a range of symptoms but nothing abnormal can be found on physical examination or investigation.
Fatigue is a common symptom of many endocrine disorders, for example, abnormalities of the thyroid, cortisol or calcium metabolism.
However, the pattern with chronic fatigue syndrome is usually different and, with relatively simple investigations, it is usually fairly easy to exclude any underlying hormonal abnormality.