Sore throat

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A chronic sore throat is a commonly reported symptom in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). It forms part of a range of flu-like symptoms that are very common in ME/CFS patients.


Sore throats can be particularly common during the initial onset of the illness, which often presents with flu-like symptoms. A sore throat usually appears most commonly in the morning upon waking, or during PEM. Some patients see a sore throat as a warning sign to reduce their activity.

A bacterial or viral infection is rarely found.[1]


  • Katrina Berne reports a prevalence of 50-90% for chronic sore throat.[2]
  • 74.1% - 84.1% of the 2073 patients in a Belgian study of 2001 reported sore throat.[3]

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  1. Verrillo - Sore throat
  2. Berne, Katrina (1 Dec 1995), Running on Empty: The Complete Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS), 2nd ed., Hunter House, p. 58, ISBN 978-0897931915 
  3. De Becker, P; McGregor, N; De Meirleir, K (Sep 2001), "A definition-based analysis of symptoms in a large cohort of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.", Journal of Internal Medicine, 250 (3): 234-240, PMID 11555128 
  4. A Clinical Case Definition and Guidelines for Medical Practitioners: An Overview of the Canadian Consensus Document Pg 8. 2005.
  5. The CDC (Fukuda 1994) Definition for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  6. The 1988 Holmes Definition for CFS

The information provided at this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness.

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