Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the condition that can cause deep exhaustion can interfere with daily activities and manifest itself in several other ways, has been linked to a virus. According to a study, it is the Murine leukemia viruses (MLV), a family of retroviruses known to cause cancer in mice that could be responsible.
According to a new Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study, an MLV-related virus called XMRV was found to be present in blood cells of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Some of the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are:
- Fatigue so acute as to interfere with work, play and social activities and which shows no sign of abating even after 6 months.
- Memory loss, confusion, problems concentrating.
- There could be other physical symptoms such as fever and sore throat.
- The lymph nodes in the armpits of the neck could feel tender to the touch.
- There could be joint and muscle pain, which may be accompanied by swelling and reddening.
- Headaches that seem to be different from the usual kinds of headache.
- Awakening from sleep unrefreshed and unrested and still feeling tired.
- Feeling of being ill or unwell after exercise.