Frequently Asked Questions1. Which doctor is to be consulted for CFS?
It is very important for CFS patients to seek treatment with a doctor who is familiar with the disorder. An initial consultation with the family doctor or general physician can raise suspicion of CFS. Further recommendation or consultation can then be based on the underlying symptoms and the severity.
2. Does CFS affect women more than men?
Based on available data, it has been found that the condition is two or more times pronounced in women, as compared to men. However it is not clear if the trend is due to increased susceptibility of women to CFS or due to under reporting of similar symptoms by men.
3. Is CFS a genetic disorder?
Despite years of research on CFS, it has not been possible to pinpoint the factors causing CFS. A largest ever study conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights that CFS may have a genetic link. In other words, individuals with certain specific genes may be more susceptible to develop CFS due to altered activity of the gene. These genes which play a critical role in mediating stress response can either confer an increased or decreased CFS risk. More studies are needed at this juncture to aid better understanding of the role of genetics in causing CFS.
4. Does CFS affect children as well?
Although the presence of CFS in adults has been well documented, very little is known about the prevalence of CFS among children and young adults. Some studies have documented the presence of CFS in children less than 5 years old. In a sample of 100, 000, nearly 5 to 6 children and 10-19 young adults are likely to suffer from CFS, according to a study conducted by Australian researchers.