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.
- Katrina Berne reports a prevalence of 50-90% for chronic sore throat.
- 74.1% - 84.1% of the 2073 patients in a Belgian study of 2001 reported sore throat.
- Features in the Fukuda criteria, Canadian Consensus Criteria, International Consensus Criteria
- In the Canadian Consensus Criteria, recurrent sore throat is an optional criteria for diagnosis, under the section Immune Manifestations.
- In the Fukuda criteria, the symptom of sore throat can be used to help form a diagnosis.
- In the Holmes criteria, a sore throat is an optional criteria for diagnosis, under the section Minor Symptom Criteria.
- Sore throat can be a symptom of sick building syndrome, often caused by mould.
- Verrillo - Sore throat
- 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
- 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
- A Clinical Case Definition and Guidelines for Medical Practitioners: An Overview of the Canadian Consensus Document Pg 8. 2005.
- The CDC (Fukuda 1994) Definition for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- The 1988 Holmes Definition for CFS