The Lowdown On Chronic Fatigue

In 1987, when David Patterson was a junior at the University of North Carolina, his life as an active, athletic young man suddenly came to a screeching halt. Patterson was diagnosed with what is now known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), an ailment causing tiredness, muscle pain, and mental confusion that can put people's lives on hold for months, if not years. Patterson had to limit his activities severely for the next three years. "My social life was nonexistent," he recalls. "I would just go to class, come home, and crash."

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