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Challenging Insensitive Comments And “Who Has It Worse” Competitions

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   “Life is not a competition. Life is about helping and inspiring others so we can each reach our potential.” Does anyone else feel like they have to bite their tongue a lot? Do you hide a lot of what you are feeling because confrontations […]

Getting At The Hurt In Chronic Pain

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Pain – A Surprisingly Complex Experience Pain seems pretty elementary – it hurts! When it really hurts, you want to throw yourself out of your skin. It’s actually not so simple. Pain is often described as a complex, “biopsychosocial phenomenon“. The International Association for the Study […]

I Shouldn’t Have To Legitimize My Pain For Others To Believe Me

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  By Claire Brumback in The Mighty.   “Why doesn’t anyone believe me?” I ask myself this question too often. I have chronic pain and suffer with it every day, but no one believes me. On days I can’t get out of bed, or days I go to the ER because the pain is unbearable, […]

Neuroendocrine Dysfunctions in Prolonged Critical Illness: Relevance for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Pt. I

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    By Dominic Stanculescu in Health Rising.    Summary Prolonged or chronic critical illness – a term applied to patients that survive severe injury or infection, but fail to start recovering after a few days – is characterized by low levels of peripheral hormones (including T3, IGF-1, cortisol and testosterone). This pattern is increasingly recognized as a neuroendocrine dysfunction […]

Doctor Lapp’s Amazing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Disability Letter

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    From How To Get On.   Doctor Lapp is a well-respected and much-beloved doctor in North Carolina who specialized in ME and CFS who is excellent at documenting this condition. Sadly, Doctor Lapp is now retiring and no longer accepting new patients. Happily, one of his patients was kind enough to share her […]

Researchers discover potential therapeutic approach to treat ME / CFS

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    By Carley Rosengreen in Griffith News.   Researchers have discovered the pharmacological drug, Naltrexone, significantly restored the function of faulty receptors associated with myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).  Researchers from the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED), Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University led the research, which has been published in Frontiers in Immunology.  […]

Rethinking The Standard Of Care For Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    By Fred Friedberg, Madison Sunnquist and Luis Nacu in Springer.   For over two decades, the standard of care for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) has been cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET). Both interventions had been recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and the UK NICE guidelines.1 Behavioral intervention as the clinical standard […]

Brain Studies Show Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Gulf War Illness Are Distinct Conditions

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    By Karen Teber in Georgetown University Medical Center News.   Gulf War Illness (GWI) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) share symptoms of disabling fatigue, pain, systemic hyperalgesia (tenderness), negative emotion, sleep and cognitive dysfunction that are made worse after mild exertion (postexertional malaise). Now, neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center have evidence, derived […]

7 Ways To Survive A Flare When You’re Chronically Ill

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    By Toni Bernhard J.D. in Turning Straw Into Gold.   Part of living day-to-day with chronic illness (which includes chronic pain) is learning to cope with a flare in symptoms. Even though my parade of symptoms tend to be relentlessly the same, at times they flare and can even feel out of control. Here are […]

The Best Analogy To Explain ‘Energy Debt’ With Chronic Illness

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    By Teresa Ledwith in The Mighty.   The other day I was struggling, as many of us with chronic illness do, to explain myself to a friend. As usual, I had to give up. I can’t explain to her why it’s not easy for me to drive in and out of my nearest city (an […]

Four In Five Disabled People Feel Anxious About Using Public Transport, Says Study

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  By Cathy Adams in The Independent.   Four in five disabled people have felt anxious about using public transport, according to a wide-ranging new study about disability and travel, while three in five have felt scared. Research from equality charity Scope shows that the majority of disabled people face problems when using public transport, with […]

ME And Me: Making Films About Disability To Raise Awareness

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      From Disability Horizons.   Disabled writer and actor Thom Jackson-Wood, who has ME, talks to Disability Horizons about his films, Awaken and The Black Box, both of which are about disability. Written after frustrations at disabled people being misrepresented on TV, he hopes the films will raise awareness of different disabilities, and […]

From Infectious Disease Specialist To ME/CFS Expert: Dr. Bela Chedda Talks

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   I met Dr. Chheda of the Center for Complex Diseases at Ron Davis’s Working Group Meetings funded by the Open Medicine Foundation. She graciously agreed to talk more about how she approaches treating ME/CFS in her practice. I was particularly eager to talk to one of the younger […]

Bold Plans For Two Big Biomedical Research Projects

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      By Simon McGrath in ME/CFS Research Review.   A new research team is hoping to boost UK biomedical research with a proposal for a very large genetic study and a major expansion of the UK ME/CFS biobank. The new ME/CFS Biomedical Partnership is headed up Professor Chris Ponting, and Dr Luis Nacul […]

Can mHealth Tools, Smart Clothing Help In Chronic Fatigue Research ?

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    By Eric Wicklund in mHealth Intelligence.   mHealth researchers in Canada are launching a five-year project to gather information through wearables and smart clothing to help people living with chronic fatigue syndrome. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research today unveiled the Interdisciplinary Canadian Collaborative Myalgic Encephalomyelitis – ICANCME – Research Network. The program will use […]

Fear Of The Unknown – Leaving My Protective Cocoon

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   I have a hospital appointment coming up. It’s for a painless, straightforward heart scan (Echocardiogram) as a follow-up to my recent heart problems. Now this would be a simple activity for a healthy, able-bodied person but for someone with a disabling chronic illness like […]

After I Revealed Whitehall Plans To Deceive The Public On Universal Credit, An Investigation Began. Its Conclusions Are Shocking

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By Aditya Chakrabortty in The Guardian.   Early this summer, a national newspaper published a string of curious articles. Under the logo Universal Credit Uncovered, the features promised readers of the Metro the truth about this most notorious of all benefits. The series began with a giant advert wrapped around the cover of the paper, coupled […]

The Suffering Of One Of Us Is The Story Of All Of Us: Pt I – REELing

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    By Kyle McNease in Health Rising.    (Kyle’s story of going from abundant health to a very severe case of ME/CFS, and then, when all looked bleakest, back to relative health, almost defies description. The length of his narrative, the elegance and directness of his writing, even the difficulty it sometimes presents, makes it unique […]

Ticketmaster Makes ‘Huge Step Forward’ For Disabled Music Fans

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  By Mark Savage in BBC News.   For years, deaf and disabled music fans have faced huge barriers when it comes to booking concert tickets. Whether it’s the requirement to call premium rate help lines, or having to provide evidence of their disabilities, the experience has put many fans off. Now Ticketmaster is introducing […]

Marcel Robert’s View Is A Darkened Room In A Rest Home: Life With Chronic Illness ME

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    By Natalie Akoorie in M.E. Awareness NZ.   Marcel Robert lives in a rest home. He is 31 years old. Natalie Akoorie finds out what it’s like to be unable to live life because of an illness and why funding for research is so important. In a darkened room at Oxford Court Lifecare in […]

Activists Combine To Offer PIP Assessment Recording Kits

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled activists have responded to the government’s continuing failure to deal with the dishonesty and inaccuracy of the disability benefit assessment process by launching schemes to ensure that claimants can record their own assessments. Grassroots groups of disabled activists launched two separate campaigns this week […]

Using A Heart Rate Monitor To Prevent Post-Exertional Malaise In ME/CFS

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    By Susan L. Jackson in ProHealth.   One of the identifying characteristics and key symptoms of ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome) is an intolerance to even mild exertion, known as Post-Exertional Malaise or PEM. In simple terms, this means that when people with ME/CFS engage in activity – even just walking […]

‘I’ve Got Relatives With ME/CFS’ – Dr Richard Medlicott’s Reason Behind Fundraising Ride

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    By: Natalie Akoorie in New Zealand Herald.   Richard Medlicott is not your usual GP. The Wellington doctor, and former medical director of the New Zealand College of General Practitioners, is raising money for a chronic illness that many in the medical profession know little about. Medlicott has set up a Givealittle page for his […]

My Disabilities Are Invisible. I Shouldn’t Have To Prove Them To Strangers

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    By Isabelle Jani-Friend in The Guardian.   I was recently on a packed Central line train into London. Luckily, I managed to take the last priority disabled seat. My osteoporosis and the fatigue I experience meant it would be hard for me to stand for the 40-minute journey to Oxford Circus. I felt a sense […]

CPS Concern Over Huge Drop In Police Disability Hate Crime Cases

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service. The Crown Prosecution Service has joined a leading disabled campaigner in raising concerns about a huge fall in the number of disability hate crime cases passed by police forces to prosecutors. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) annual hate crime report for 2018-19 revealed this week that […]

A Self-Help Guide To Managing Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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    From ME Support.   Introduction I have had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis of varying degrees for the majority of my life, including periods of being housebound and bedridden. Conventional medicine offers us few options, and we’re faced with conflicting advice on living with M.E.; therefore, it’s difficult to know which way to turn. One thing […]

Essentials For Getting Out And About As A Wheelchair User

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    By Soph in Mummying and M.E.   Out on a shopping trip recently with a good friend, she suggested I put together a list of the things I’ve learnt to be essential when getting out and about. You see I’ve always been fiercely independent, not thinking twice about the ability to leave the […]

Inside The Isolation Caused By ME/CFS Hypersensitivity

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    By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   I find hypersensitivity one of the hardest ME/CFS symptoms to cope with as it can be so isolating. Hypersensitivity comes in many forms: hypersensitivity to light, touch, noise, smells, vibrations, foods, medication, chemicals, heat, cold and irritants like pollen and dust. All of […]

How To Tell If Your Exhaustion Could Actually Be A Symptom Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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      By Hattie Gladwell in the Metro. Many of us experience tiredness – but when are your symptoms actually a sign of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? It’s normal to get tired from daily activities, or because you’re not getting enough sleep. Having a stressful day, working too many hours or having a strenuous workout […]

Calls For Fresh Law To Tackle Pavement Parking

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  By Stuart Minting in The Press.   FRESH laws are needed to tackle the problem of motorists parking on pavements – according to a council meeting. North Yorkshire County councillors were told residents including children, wheelchair users and pedestrians face significant issues created by inconsiderately parked cars. And that the problem was present in […]

Emerging Insights #1: McGregor’s Grand Conception Of ME/CFS

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   This is the first in a series of blogs that report on the recent EMERGE conference in Australia. The different conference format – which allowed for long presentations – allowed the presenters to dig more deeply into their topics than usual. Longtime Australian metabolomics researcher Neil McGregor took […]

What Does ‘Listen To Your Body’ Mean When You Have M.E ?

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  From ME Action.   So I’ve been doing this fundraiser, where I try to get 1000 body weight reps done in half an hour every day to raise money for #meaction. It’s been a test for me in listening to my body, and knowing when to slow down, rest, or even skip a day. And it […]

7 Tips For Better Pacing

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      By Julie Holliday in Pro Health. With an energy-limiting chronic illness like ME/CFS, a key to being as well as possible is to make sure you don’t use more energy than you readily have available to you (sometimes called your “energy envelope”). When you push past your limits, your cells have to […]

The Exercise Intolerance In ME/CFS – Is it Unique ?

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. Just about everyone with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) has the sense that the disease has an astonishing ability to fall through the cracks. It’s a major disease that affects around a million people in the U.S. yet gets very little funding. It has no home at the NIH; it […]

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