Invisible / Chronic Illness

Top Tips For Accessible Air Travel

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    By Carrie-Ann Lightly.   Air travel for a disabled person can be difficult, and daunting, but with the right information and planning it can be done. Here are my tips to help your flight go smoothly, so all you have to worry about is enjoying your holiday!   Mobility Equipment If you need […]

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  From the Two Doughnts blog. on tuesday i travelled to birmingham nec for naidex. it’s a yearly convention for all things disabled. or as i like to call it – all things i can’t afford. i felt right at home of course with all my wheelchair homie’s rocking up for the occasion. it was […]

Manchester Airport Disability Service Left Woman ‘Humiliated’

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    From BBC News.   A woman with chronic fatigue syndrome has accused Manchester Airport of treating her like “cargo” and “cattle” following a long-haul flight. Jessica Stafford, 29, booked a special assistance service as she needed help to move through the airport. But she found the experience “distressing” and “humiliating” after being asked […]

Medscape’s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Program Reaches Deep Into The Medical Community

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   With its regular news updates, information on drugs and diseases, quizzes, conference overviews, and educational courses, Medscape, which just turned 20 years old, strives to be a kind of one-stop shop for medical professionals (and consumers). It appears to be succeeding. Producing dozens of news stories a day, […]

Chronic Illness: Aren’t You Glad It Isn’t Worse ?

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  From The Brainless Blogger.   Okay, so stop telling people it could be worse. Yeah. It could be worse. It can always be worse. But it sure as hell could be better. We are aware it could be worse. We tell ourselves this sometimes to get through. Hell, sometimes worse happens and we are […]

The Difference Between ‘Rest’ And ‘Bad’ Days For My Chronic Illness

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    By Amy Saunders in The Mighty.   Living with an illness is hard. It means being ill. It means constant worry that you’re going to be ill. And it means your life is spent managing your illness to avoid being ill. You can have days when you feel on top of the world […]

If Your Chronic Illness Is Making You Want to Give Up

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  By Candida Reece in The Mighty. Having a chronic illness can mean life can be rough. It means going to the store with only one sock on because you didn’t want to go through the pain to find the other one; or maybe your shirt is inside out, or you have two different shoes, or clothes […]

Migraines And Other Headaches In Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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  By Brent Wells in Health Rising.   If you’ve ever suffered from any type of headache, you know that there is nothing funny about them. However, because migraines and headaches are not fatal and often do not result in permanent disability for most, their importance to public health has long been understated. This is […]

Trial By Error: The CDC’s Pathetic Response To Reuters

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    By David Tuller, DrPH The recent Reuters article about the illness, or cluster of illnesses, variously called CFS, ME, CFS/ME and ME/CFS was problematic for many reasons. One of them was the information included from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In explaining why the CDC dropped its longstanding recommendations for […]

5 Reasons We Should Never Assume Someone Isn’t In Pain

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      By Christina Carrell in The Mighty.   I was sitting in one of those canvas painting classes, waving a paintbrush back and forth in a very amateur attempt to recreate Monet’s “Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies” (spoiler: I’m not an artist and the end result bore little resemblance to the […]

CDC The Puppeteer And The UK BPS Connection To Bury ME

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By Gabby Klein in Relating to ME.   Fake Media Attacks on #PwME In the past week, there has been a media onslaught of biased and stinging articles maligning 17 million disabled men, women and children worldwide who suffer from the acquired neurological and immunological disease myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).  The false media stories about the […]

Mike’s EU Marathons- Cyprus (17.03.19)

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  By Mike Harley. After 6 months since Sofia, I arrived in Cyprus for number 20 after 60 training runs and 400 miles of winter training to kick off year 5 and the first of six marathons in 2019.  Heading into the race I’d run my fastest ever Half Marathon (1 hr 40 in Gloucester) and raised […]

15 Things People With Chronic Illness Mean When They Say ‘I Don’t Feel Good’

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  By Veronica Vivona in The Mighty.   Many of those with chronic illness may be used to saying they’re “good” or “fine” when it comes to how they’re feeling. It doesn’t always mean they’re actually good or fine though. It might just be what they’re portraying to the world. They may do this for a variety of […]

Extra Costs With A Disability

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  From Scope.   Life costs more for disabled people and their families. Spending more on essential goods and services like; heating, insurance, equipment and therapies. These extra costs mean disabled people have less money in their pocket than non-disabled people, or simply go without. Therefore, disabled people are likely to have a lower standard […]

Hull Mum: ‘Horror Illness Has Left My Body Feeling Like An 80-Year-Old’s – But No-One Believed Me’

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  By Anna Riley in Hull Live. A Hull mum has spoken of her battle with a health condition people believed she did not have. Nicola Meekin, 39, from Hull, became ill nine years ago when she started suffering from a bad chest infection. But instead of getting better, her sickness worsened. To Mrs Meekin, it felt like […]

Experimental Blood Test Accurately Spots Fibromyalgia

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  By Misti Crane in Ohio Stae News.   For the first time, researchers have evidence that fibromyalgia can be reliably detected in blood samples – work they hope will pave the way for a simple, fast diagnosis. In a study that appears in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers from The Ohio State University report success […]

Why ME, Or Yuppie Flu, Is Like Aids Was Once – Misunderstood Or Dismissed As Not Real, And Ignored By Most Doctors

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By Anthea Rowan  in The South China Morning Post.   Twenty million people suffer from myalgic encephalomyelitis, yet there is still no test for it, nor any approved treatment. We talk to a mother whose daughter has the illness, and who has consulted dozens of doctors in search of help. Until my friend Caroline introduced me […]

Which Painkiller ?

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  From NHS Choices.   The type of medicines that you need to treat your pain depend on what type of pain you have. For pain associated with inflammation, such as back pain or headaches, paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers work best. If the pain is caused by sensitive or damaged nerves, as is the case with shingles or sciatica, it’s usually treated with tablets that […]

The Brainstem, Vagus Nerve, Neuroinflammation And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The VanElzakker Way

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  By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   In 2013, Michael VanElzakker produced one of the most intriguing hypotheses to date in ME/CFS. His Vagus Nerve Hypothesis proposed that an infection/inflammation near the vagus nerve was causing it to send an unending stream of messages to the brain, telling it to essentially shut the body […]

Children With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Often Wait More Than A Year For Diagnosis

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  by Sasha Nimmo Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne confirmed that paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome (Fukuda criteria) causes significant disability and little is known about how common the condition is or how it is currently managed in Australia. More than half of children have to wait a year or longer before […]

ME Isn’t Just ‘Exercise Phobia’: it’s A Physical Illness

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By Tanya Marlow in The Spectator.   Imagine you’re diagnosed with epilepsy: what would you think if you weren’t referred to a specialist but taken to a psychiatrist to treat you for your ‘false illness beliefs’? This is what happens to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) patients in the UK. They are told to ignore their symptoms, […]

The Myth Of “It’s All In Your Head”

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  By Abby Pickus in DEPAUL Magazine.  In 1980, a high school English teacher from Wisconsin named Pat Fero went on a trip to England. Healthy and in her 30s, she noticed something was very wrong toward the end of the trip. “We were in this beautiful countryside, and we went to climb a hill […]

Why Is Music So Hard For People With ME/CFS ?

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  By Jody Smith in Pheonix Rising. Oh, how I love music! This magic can lift our spirits and calm our weary minds. Maybe it can even help us heal. Goodness knows, we who live with ME/CFS need these things. We’re probably not getting much of this elsewhere. So if music is so good for […]

Millions Missing

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  Millions Missing Tommy missing from the five a sides A different postman today Jenny not out, not seen her about Maybe she’s just gone away No Mary at the Bingo Charlie, where is that guy? Rang the teacher, couldn’t reach her Didn’t wonder why Jack from the pub Hayley down at the club That […]

How Nature And My Dog Changed My Outlook On Illness

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    By Jack Croxall in Allies Everywhere.   Growing up in rural England I was obsessed with the outdoors. Bug hunting, fossil collecting, and pond dipping were what I spent most of my time doing. But, during my time at university (living in the city of Nottingham and then in London), there wasn’t as […]

Who Reviews ME/CFS Applications For NIH ?

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    By Jennie Spotila in Occupy  M.E.   There is no question that NIH’s funding of ME/CFS research has been minuscule relative to the size of the public health crisis. Review of ME/CFS grant applications at NIH has drawn scrutiny from the public as one contributing factor. The public perception is that the grant review panelists […]

Mike Harley’s Marathons For ME

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  Good luck to Mike Harley who is running 28 Marathons across Europe to raise Awareness and funds for Invest In ME Research.   On Sunday the 17th of March he will be running the Cyprus Marathon.   As always, a huge thanks from everyone in The York ME Community  Mike ! See the tab […]

Beauty In The Dark

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  From Anil van der Zee in Capture. Dance. Words.   For years I’d dreamed of backpacking through Europe, of seeing the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa and the Roman Colosseum. This summer at the age of 28 I finally got to achieve that. But in the shadow of the monuments, many of the […]

There Is Something Right In The State Of Denmark

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        From Invest In ME Research.   Following excellent work by European ME Alliance-Denmark member Dansk ME Foreningen, and work and input by those such as European ME Clinicians Council member Dr Jesper Mehlsen, there is now unified support in the Danish parliament for separating ME G93.3 from Functional Disorders and acknowledgment […]

SEID Is Killing ME

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  From ME Advocacy.   Advocating in the United States for the disease myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) has reached a new challenge that threatens the very core of the recognition for the disease. While some advocacy organizations have diverged and taken the alarming path of partnering with the US Health and Human Services (HHS) in adopting, […]

Why People With Chronic Illness Can’t Simply ‘Push Through’

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  By Alicia Thompson in The Mighty.   It never ceases to frustrate me to realize how pervasive the “Just Do It” culture is. Whenever I discuss my physical limitations with others, I’m often met with the suggestion that I simply need to “push through.” Which leaves me wondering, what does this phrase really mean […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME/CFS

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    From Cornell Research.     A million or more people in the United States suffer from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), but remarkably little is known about the cause of the disease, and effective therapies are lacking. ME/CFS is characterized by debilitating fatigue that is not relieved by […]

What Is ME ?

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  From #MEAction.   Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME/CFS, is a devastating multi-system disease that causes dysfunction of the neurological, immune, endocrine and energy metabolism systems. It often follows an infection and leaves 75% of those affected unable to work and 25% homebound are bedridden. An estimated 15-30 million […]

Epstein-Barr Virus Induced Gene-2 Upregulation Identifies A Particular Subtype Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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      By Jonathan R. Kelly in Frontiers in Pediatrics.   Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a chronic multisystem disease characterized by a variety of symptoms, and exhibits various features of an autoimmune-like disease. Subtypes are well recognized but to date are difficult to identify objectively. The disease may be triggered by infection […]

Life Of Pippa, Spoonie Survival Kits…..And So Much More !

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  Hi Everyone. ‘My name is Pippa, and I’m a chronically ill writer and blogger at Life Of Pippa. I’m originally from Sheffield, but moved to York for university and have been here ever since! I’ve had ME/CFS since I was a teenager, but was only diagnosed in 2014, following a relapse at the age of […]

Denmark: MP’s Will Vote Whether To Recognise ME As WHO-Defined Disease !

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    From #MEAction.   This past Tuesday, March 12, Danish Health MPs unanimously agreed on a declaration that will recognise myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) as a distinct disease, remove it from the “functional somatic syndromes” category, and promote the World Health Organization (WHO) diagnostic codes for ME. Parliament will vote on the declaration this Thursday, […]

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