Invisible / Chronic Illness

Talk To Me ….But Slowly

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  TALK TO ME….BUT SLOWLY   I used to love the banter Noisy bar room chat Then when the beastly ME hit It put a stop to that   Noise is now my Kryptonite My Achilles’ heel is sound It’s not by choice That the tone of a voice Can knock me to the ground […]

Disabled TV Presenter Abandoned For 45 Minutes On British Airways Flight Forced To Slide Headsets Down Aisles To Get Cabin Crew’s Attention

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  By Sophie Morgan in The Independent.   Television presenter Sophie Morgan is calling on airlines to offer concessions for disabled travellers after she was left without means of moving “short of dragging herself along the floor” on a British Airways flight. Ms Morgan, who was paralysed in a car crash when she was 18 and uses a wheelchair, […]

The Severe ME Bedbound Activity Masterlist: Part 1

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  By Sarah Stanton in Medium.   Living with conditions like severe ME is hard. Gold standard health recommendations like sunshine and exercise simply don’t apply to us. And most of the articles out there suggesting activities for bedbound people assume a higher level of functionality than we generally have. With that in mind, here […]

How Online Actions Make The Real World More Accessible

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  Written by Euan MacDonald MBE, Co-founder, Euan’s Guide.   Everyone knows that technology is making our lives easier – from the mobile phones in our pockets, the handy birthday reminders from a certain social network, to the lifesaving data records held by hospitals. However, something that might not be so obvious to businesses is […]

ME Research Summary

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  From ME Action.   Myalgic encephalomyelitis is a complex chronic disease that affects multiple body systems. While funding for research and clinical care remains a serious concern, there is now a growing body of literature that identifies and explicates dysfunction in the immune, neurological, and energy metabolism systems in people with ME. What follows […]

Disney Made Me Question My Disability

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  From the Life Of Pippa Blog.   This piece was originally written for Scope’s online community, but I never got around to sharing it on my blog. It was this time last year that we were in Disneyland Paris living our very best lives, so here’s something of a throwback… Something I often consider is […]

Trial by Error: A Letter To Bristol about My Recent FOI Request; Update Added

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    By David Tuller, DrPH   UPDATE: Within an hour or two of writing to Bristol, I received a response from the university’s director of legal services. Here’s what she wrote: Dear Dr Tuller Thank you for your email. The Information Rights team is making good progress on clearing the back log, your FOI […]

18 Songs That Were Written About Chronic Illness

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    By Paige Wyant in The Mighty.   Music is often a source of comfort and emotional healing. Many people with chronic illness in particular find that certain songs or genres can be powerful in helping distract them from symptoms and cope with all the stresses and frustrations of life with a health condition. For Mighty […]

The Crash That Follows The Push Of ME/CFS And FM Awareness Day

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  By Jodie Smith in Phoenix Rising.   It’s been about a month since the ME/CFS community pulled out all the stops for our May 12 International ME/CFS and FM Awareness Day. I think we have a great deal to be proud of, and encouraged by. With each passing year this bunch of chronically ill […]

When Illness Makes You Give Up The Commitments And Activities You Love

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  By Lexie in The Mighty.   I just made one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. Many of you can relate to my story. I’ve seen countless doctors, integrative general practitioners, naturopaths, chiropractors, and specialists over the last few years. When they couldn’t explain my symptoms, they diagnosed me with chronic […]

Spinal Stenosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia: The Spinal Series #3

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Spinal Series This is part three of a series examining spinal issues which may mimic chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia. The first two in the series involved two very ill ME/CFS patients who have recovered or are recovering following surgery to correct craniocervical instability. Could […]

When People Judge Me For Not Working Because Of My Chronic Pain

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  By Lauren in The Mighty.   A “friend” recently said to me, “I may have a guy for you.” She knows I’m single and have been looking for someone special for a while now. We spoke over the phone and she asked, “What do you do? What do you keep busy with? I just […]

Running On Empty – Do Not Pass “Go”

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  By Sam in the My Medical Musings Blog.     We all have moments in life when we hit a brick wall physically and perhaps mentally. It happens to the healthy and chronically ill alike. I remember in my “healthier” life, I’d get to the end of my working week and I’d be exhausted. […]

As I Age With ME

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  By Marianne Granger in #MEAction. In my forties I was moving forward fulfilling my drive to be a community organiser/communicator/coach (my day job) and also a screenwriter (a remnant of my earlier training and work as a stage actor). Being there for my grown children and reveling in the bliss of holding my grandchildren […]

The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done: Film Maker With ME Wants To Raise Awareness Of Hidden Illness

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  By Lucas Hill-Paul in SW Londoner.   A Herne Hill filmmaker hopes his short film This is ME will bring awareness to those living with a common invisible disability. Josh Pickup, 29, was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), which is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, at the age of 21. ME is among the most […]

Why I Think ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ Is The Worst Name Ever

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    By Adele Paul in The Mighty.   Imagine the following conversation… Friend: Heard you weren’t feeling well lately? Me: You could say that. Friend: So you’re just tired all the time? Me: Yeah, and a few other things… Friend: Girl, I hear ya. When I got back from Hawaii in January, it took me […]

DWP Quietly Hands Private Firms £600m Extra To Test Disabled People For Benefits

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  By Dan Bloom in The Mirror.   EXCLUSIVE: Atos and Maximus had their PIP and ESA contracts extended for the second time despite accusations they’re running a “failing” welfare system. Now the eye-watering cost to taxpayers can be revealed. Tory ministers are quietly handing private firms an extra £630 million to test sick and […]

Caring For A Son With M.E.

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  From  Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.   “My son is too ill to fight his cause but, as his mother, I will give it everything I’ve got” “Do they think it’s all in my head, Mum?”, my son quietly asked me as we left the GP surgery. “I can assure you, son, none of […]

Fit And Active Cardiff Woman Left Bedbound After Developing ME

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  From ITV News.   For the past year, 28-year-old Natalie Price has been living in darkness and silence. In 2014, she was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as ME or chronic fatigue syndrome. Sufferers complain of symptoms including extreme tiredness and fatigue, constant pain, extreme headaches and sensitivity to light and sounds. Since […]

2019 Blue Badge Scheme: Everything You Need To Know About The Hidden Disability Changes

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    By James Kelly in Leasing.com.   The blue badge disabled parking scheme is supposedly undergoing its biggest shake-up since it was introduced in 1970, but what exactly will change, and when? Last year it was revealed that, from 2019, people with hidden disabilities will be granted access to the scheme too. The idea […]

A Mother’s Story: Alem Matthees

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  by Helen Donovan in ME Australia.   May 12 is Alem Matthee’s birthday. Around the world, people with ME, their friends, families and scientists are grateful for Alem’s work in getting trial data released, showing that graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy did not improve health the way the study’s authors claimed. In […]

Rare Gene Mutations May Be Affecting Energy Levels In ME/CFS

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Dr. Camille Birch has a PhD in biomedical engineering and hails from the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology at Huntsville, Alabama. Hudson Alpha, only 11 years old, is one of those new biotechnology efforts that’s using sophisticated bioinformatics to understand how our genes affect our health. Dr. […]

Why Are We So Quick To Judge ME/CFS Recovery Stories ?

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  From A Journey Through The Fog By Jo Moss.   As a community we are very good at supporting each other especially when one of our own is having a particularly bad time with their health. But one thing I’ve noticed, that I find disheartening, is that we don’t give people a safe platform […]

Parents And Children Missing From Their Lives Due To M.E.

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  From ME Action.   Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is a debilitating, chronic disease that steals so much from the person. Parents with ME are missing precious days and years with their children due to the disease, and parents of children with ME are fighting to provide care for their sick children in a world where there […]

Do You Have ICC-ME And Other FAQs

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  By Jennifer Brea.   I just wanted to respond to a few comments and questions raised in response to recent posts in this series. If you aren’t a part of the ME community, be forewarned, much of the following will be hard to follow! The first set of questions all circle the same core question: do […]

Telford Cyclist Takes On Epic Race To Help Teen With ME

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    From The Shropshire Star.   A cyclist will take on a challenging 100-mile race through woodlands in support of a bed bound 16-year-old with chronic fatigue. Kind-hearted Arry West, who is 44, will get on his bike for the epic Mountain Mayhem challenge on June 22 and 23 in aid of research into […]

Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  By Janet Harrison in The Yorkshire Post.   Living with ME can be severely life-limiting for those affected. KT King, 46, from Hessle, explains what it is like living with myalgic encephalomyelitis, sometimes known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. “I first became aware of ME aged 23 when I spent six months in bed after […]

New Test Could Revolutionise Diagnosis Of Chronic Fatigue

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  From 9News.   Aimee De Lurant’s battle with chronic fatigue syndrome often leaves her bed ridden, unable to concentrate or even move. The 25-year-old can’t work and has a limited social life as a result of the condition, which at its worst causes symptoms including excruciating pain and extreme exhaustion. “I can’t get out […]

Spinal Stenosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) And Fibromyalgia: The Spinal Series #3

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Spinal Series This is part three of a series examining spinal issues which may mimic chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia. The first two in the series involved two very ill ME/CFS patients who have recovered or are recovering following surgery to correct craniocervical instability. Leader in the […]

The ‘Activity Hangover’ I Experience Because of Chronic Illness

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  By Heather Wallace in The Mighty.   As someone who has recently moved to a new town and is trying to figure things out and find my groove, I have been out a lot more than I usually am, and I am paying for it. Having fibromyalgia means things are different for me now. Planning on going […]

The Scandal That Should Force Us To Reconsider Wellness Advice From Influencers

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    By Chris Rojek in The Conversation.   Former social media influencer and “wellness guru” Belle Gibson first caught public attention after claiming she cured herself of terminal cancer by rejecting conventional medicine in favour of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Her story was documented on a blog and social media, which became the basis for a successful book and […]

Results Of ME/CFS Supplement Poll

Supplements

      From Stories Out Loud.   This is an on-going poll of supplements that ME/CFS sufferers have tried. If you have (or have had) ME/CFS, please tell others your experience by voting. The more people who vote, the more useful it will be. This poll is only intended for supplements you can buy over the […]

21 People Describe What Sensory Overload Feels Like

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  By Melissa McGlensey in The Mighty.   Sensory overload happens when too much sensory stimulus is occurring at once — it can be triggered by a crowded room, a TV turned up too loud, strong aromas, fluorescent lighting — or a hundred other things. It’s often associated with certain diagnoses like autism, sensory processing disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/Chronic Fatigue Dyndrome), Does It Have A Biomechanical Component ?

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  By Kjetil Larsen in Trening Og Rehab.   Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is one of medicine’s grand mysteries. Its etiology is not known, and patients afflicted are rarely documented to recover from their ailment. Its diffuse presentation includes many symptoms, which implies that ME is actually an «umbrella diagnosis» for several underlying problems. One of the problems […]

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