Myth 1. People with CFS are just tired
The facts: People with CFS experience overwhelming physical and mental exhaustion. This is different to how you feel after you've had a few nights poor sleep or the feeling you get after strenuous exercise. Just getting a good night’s sleep is not going to make them feel better.
Myth 2. CFS is not a real disease
The facts: New research is starting to show that there may be changes at a cellular level in people with CFS.
Myth 3. Not many people are affected by CFS
The facts: In New Zealand, approximate 16,000–20,000 people experience CFS, which means more people are affected by CFS than multiple sclerosis.
Myth 4. CFS only causes tiredness
The facts: CFS can cause other symptoms such as a sore throat, muscle pain, tender lymph nodes and impaired memory or concentration.
Myth 5. Only women get CFS
The facts: Men get CFS too, and children are also affected. The female to male ratio is 70:30 and the most common age of onset is 33–55 years.