Signs you may have chronic fatigue syndrome

I know, you're always tired.

It's a complaint you and your friends, loved ones, or co-workers may have almost daily.

But what if your desire to cancel all your plans and take a nap, is actually something more serious?

The Centers For Disease Control defines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a serious, long term illness that affects many body systems.

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It can make people who suffer from it unable to perform regular activities.

In some cases, the disease may confine the person to bed.

So how do you know you have it?

According to the CDC, one sign is a lowered ability to do activities that were usual before the illness. The drop in activity level occurs for six months or longer.

If you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you may also have sleep problems. That means you still feel tired even after a full night's sleep.

Another sign is problems with thinking and memory.

People may also experience aches and pains, headaches, joint pain, tender lymph nodes, sore throat, or chills.

If you do go to your doctor and find out you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, don't worry, you're not alone.

According to a 2015 Institute of Medicine Report, an estimated 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Many are undiagnosed. So I know you're tired, but maybe if you think it's something more than not getting enough sleep you should go see your doctor and check that out.