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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Quiz

While not meant to serve as a replacement for the diagnosis or treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) by a healthcare provider, this chronic fatigue syndrome quiz can be used for your own knowledge by helping to provide you with a baseline for your level of symptom severity that can be reassessed to see changes over time, as you apply your therapeutic approach.

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How often do you find yourself feeling mentally or emotionally drained or exhausted (even after a full night’s sleep)?

How often do you find yourself feeling physically drained or exhausted (even after a full night’s sleep)?

How often do you find yourself feeling “tired & wired” at bedtime?

How often do you experience joint or muscle pain?

How often do you experience brain fog or memory lapse, or feel cognitively “sludgy”?

How often do you find yourself feeling intensely exhausted after physical activity?

How often do you experience intense overall symptoms?

How often do your symptoms impair your day-to-day function?

Calculate

Based on your results, your symptoms appear to be mild. You may find that your symptoms flare up when you become stressed or encounter something in the environment that triggers inflammation. You would likely benefit from making certain lifestyle adjustments to help minimize stress. If you’ve already done this and still experience frequent flare-ups of symptoms, then you may want to learn more about brain retraining to reduce inflammation and turn down your brain’s pain-sensing neurons. re-origin offers a science-based limbic system retraining program that’s easily accessible online as well as in a mobile app.

Based on your results, your symptoms appear to be moderate. Maybe you’ve been experiencing these symptoms for a while, or perhaps they’ve intensified in recent weeks or months. The good news is, that there are clear steps you can take to improve your wellbeing: Temporarily mitigating unnecessary stressors in your life can give your brain and body the break it needs to begin to regenerate. If you find that you want to take a more active approach to retrain your pain-sensing neurons and calm inflammatory processes - then you may consider joining the thousands of people who are now finding lasting relief from CFS through neuroplasticity or brain retraining. re-origin offers a science-based limbic system retraining program that’s easily accessible online as well as in a mobile app.

Based on your results, your symptoms appear to be severe. But you’re not alone. An estimated 2.5 million adults across America struggle with ME/CFS each year. The good news is that every challenge brings new opportunities, further research, and better options to help you heal. Some steps you can take to help yourself right now include: Temporarily mitigating unnecessary stressors in your life to give your brain and body the break it needs. Or if you’re looking to take a more active approach, you may consider joining the thousands of people who are now finding lasting relief from anxiety through brain retraining. re-origin offers a science-based limbic system retraining program that’s easily accessible online as well as in a mobile app.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Quiz

Are you waking up exhausted, regardless of how much sleep you’ve had? Do you find yourself overwhelmed by everyday tasks that once felt easy? If this sounds familiar, you could be experiencing signs of chronic fatigue syndrome.

We’ve put together this guide to help you understand what chronic fatigue syndrome is and how it might be manifesting in your life. By taking our short quiz below, we’ll be able to help gauge the intensity of the symptoms you’re experiencing and use the results to make a more informed decision about seeking professional help.

No matter what you’re struggling with, re-origin is here to help retrain your brain out of its old, painful habits. If you want to get to the root cause of your chronic fatigue, you can join a free discovery call to find out more about the power of neuroplasticity and how it can help transform your life.

How does this chronic fatigue syndrome test work?

For each of the following questions, you will be asked to select one of the following options to indicate the frequency of your symptoms: never, very rarely, rarely, occasionally, frequently, or always. Your unique answers will then be used to calculate your results and determine whether your symptoms are mild, moderate, or severe. Further unique educational information will be shown in accordance with your results, and all results are strictly confidential.

Please note and acknowledge that this self-assessment is not intended to estab­lish a physician-patient rela­tion­ship, to replace the ser­vices of a trained physi­cian or health care pro­fes­sional, or oth­er­wise to be a sub­sti­tute for pro­fes­sional med­ical advice, diag­no­sis, or treatment. The aim of this quiz is to provide education about the condition. By filling out this self-assessment and clicking “calculate,” you acknowledge that you’ve read and agree with this statement and agree to re-origin’s Terms & Conditions.

How To Know If You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex condition marked by extreme fatigue that lasts for a minimum of six months that can not be completely explained by another medical condition. CFS fatigue is characterized as exhaustion that worsens with physical or mental exercise (post-exertional malaise) but is not alleviated with ample rest. Meaning, that CFS can cause everyday activities to become impossible. There are times when people with CFS are unable to get out of bed.

Presently the exact cause of CFS is unidentified, although there are several working theories varying from viral infections to a chronic inflammatory response syndrome. It is, however, becoming more commonly accepted in the scientific community that chronic fatigue syndrome might be brought on by a combination of elements such as exposure to toxins, anesthetics, gastroenteritis, or physical or emotional trauma. Given the range of triggers and how they impact the immune system, CFS can have a sudden or gradual onset.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). However, the most recent term is systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).

How do I know if I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Due to there being no specific cause of ME/CFS, there is no specific test used to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome. ME/CFS can be difficult to recognize as many of the symptoms of the illness – extreme exhaustion, not alleviated by sleep, worsening symptoms after physical or mental effort (post-exertional malaise), and problems concentrating, among other symptoms are also present in other medical conditions. If you suspect you might be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, it is important to see your doctor. Due to the lack of a specific or direct chronic fatigue syndrome test, such as an antibodies test, your doctors may begin to eliminate other conditions that may explain your symptoms based on a set of diagnostic criteria. To begin the diagnosis process, doctors will check for several key criteria that must be present, which include extreme fatigue (lasting for six months or longer), which does not improve with bed rest or sleep. Next, doctors inquire through questions and a physical exam to see if you are suffering from three of the “core” symptoms of ME/CFS:

  • Reduced capacity to partake in usual activities for a minimum of six months due to fatigue
  • Declining symptoms (trouble thinking, difficulty sleeping, sore throat, headaches, joint pain, dizziness, or severe exhaustion) after a physical or mental effort
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, and waking up feeling unrested

Along with the three core symptoms, you suffer from at least one of the symptoms below for a diagnosis of ME/CFS:

  • Issues with thinking and memory
  • Exacerbation of symptoms while standing or sitting upright (lightheadedness, dizziness, physical weakness, blurred vision, or seeing spots in the visual field)

Additional common symptoms and co-occurrences in CFS patients:

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Abnormalities in respiratory function
  • Muscle pain and joint pain
  • Limbic system dysfunction or impairment
  • Reactivation of latent viruses such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
  • Presence of Lyme disease
  • Sleep problems and sleep disorders lead to unrefreshing sleep and a sense inescapable tiredness
  • Reduced capacity to recover from physical activity
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Hyperactivation of the sympathetic nervous system

Health risk related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

ME/CFS can cause various grades of disability in individual people. Similar to other chronic conditions, ME/CFS can range anywhere from mild to severe.

  • Mild – The Sufferer’s activity is decreased by at least 50 percent
  • Moderate – The sufferer is mainly housebound
  • Severe – The sufferer is bed-bound and reliant on assistance for all daily care

People suffering from ME/CFS are often too affected by symptoms to work effectively, attend school, socialize, and handle personal affairs. This can lead to a person’s financial well-being declining. It is also common in the community to misunderstand ME/CFS and claim that a sufferer is simply tired, that the conditions are psychosomatic, and that sufferers should simply push through their symptoms. These outlooks are not unhelpful but can also compel a person with ME/CFA to push beyond their limitations, which can cause deterioration and cause their illness to worsen.

Healing & Recovering from CFS

While currently there is no specific medically approved treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome. There is much that can be done to manage and reduce symptoms with the right tools and techniques. Individuals present different symptoms and consequently need distinct forms of treatment to address the disorder and reduce any symptoms.

Retrain Your Brain and Relieve Chronic Fatigue With re-origin

At re-origin, we believe that chronic fatigue appears when the limbic system becomes overactive as a stress response due to triggering elements associated with ME/CFS and stays in “emergency mode”. We also believe that the symptoms brought on by CFS are temporary and can be reversed thanks to neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to change and develop new neural pathways. Using specific neurocognitive exercises, it is possible to retrain your brain out of “emergency mode” and back to a place of safety and balance where well-being can naturally resume.

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