ME Treatments And Therapies

Trial By Error: Merck Manual Still Disseminates GET/CBT Advice

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  By David Tuller, DrPH The graded exercise therapy/cognitive behavior therapy treatment paradigm for chronic fatigue syndrome—also imposed on those diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, CFS/ME, ME/CFS, and other variants–is like the undead. This concept keeps reemerging from the fetid intellectual swamplands that spawned it, no matter how many times it is revealed as nonsense. Although […]

COVID-19, NICE And ME: Towards Litigation ?

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  By Valerie Eliot Smith   On 18 March 2020, I tweeted this: “#coronavirus is ongoing international emergency. #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis has been international crisis/scandal for decades. In US #ME continues to be marginalised by @CDCgov  & @NIH. Nevertheless #ME advocacy must continue as #ME patients everywhere remain vulnerable + invisible.”    Since that tweet, the COVID-19 crisis has continued to escalate worldwide. Given that the disease myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) often has an […]

For ME/CFS Patients, Viral Immunities Come At A Devastating, Lifelong Cost

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  By Scott LaFee in USC San Diego Health.   Mylagic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disabling and complex illness. Affected persons often cannot pursue ordinary activities — physical or mental — because of an incapacitating loss of energy and other symptoms, and may find themselves confined to bed or house-bound for years. Anyone […]

Explaining ME/CFS ? Prusty / Naviaux Study Ties Infections To Energy Breakdowns

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. Unexpected synchronies are always a good sign. Many, of course, are familiar with Bob Naviaux, MD, PhD from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Naviaux’s metabolomic work and his Cell Danger Response (CDR) hypothesis have opened up new possible ways of understanding ME/CFS, autism and other diseases. […]

Endometriosis & ME

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  By Vivien Steeles in M.E. Support.   My Experience I’m in contact with many people with M.E., both by e-mail and letter, and it is such a lonely disease with many people not being diagnosed properly or given any help even today. I had to give up my job of teaching and lecturing in […]

Disabled People Deserve Equal Access To Critical Care – Judicial Review

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By Doug Paulley in his kingqueen Blog.   Many disabled people may be left to die so that others can be saved. That’s the impact of likely coming increased demand for hospital treatment, intensive care beds and ventilators, according to multiple reports in the Press. Guidance by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, from the British Medical Association, […]

ME/CFS Research During The Time Of The Coronavirus: Shutdowns And Opportunities

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   As we enter a second month of a more or less complete shutdown of the economy, a burning question arose – what the heck was going on with our precious chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) research?  Was it stuck in neutral or proceeding? Had our researchers, like so many […]

Trial By Error: Oxford Health Blinks, Removes Pamphlet On Post-COVID Illness

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  By David Tuller, DrPH. In this traumatic time, small victories should be savored. Last week, I noticed a tweet from patient and advocate Tom Kindlon about a pamphlet from the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, the entity that oversees NHS services in the Oxford region. Other patients and advocates also flagged it on social media and sent […]

Will COVID-19 Leave An Explosion Of ME/CFS Cases In Its Wake ?

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  By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Health.   The first SARS epidemic in 2003 featuring SARS-CoV now seems like a poor dress rehearsal for today’s SARS CoV-2 outbreak. With just 8,000 cases in total and 774 deaths, (compared to almost 1,000,000 cases and 4,000 plus deaths and rising rapidly) it seems hardly worth including in the same […]

The ME Association End Of Week Research Round-Up | 10 April 2020

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By Charlotte Stephens, Research Correspondent, ME Association. We show below brief summaries of the research studies about ME/CFS that have been published in the last week, followed by the abstracts from those studies. This information will be included in the monthly update to the central Research Index which is made freely available as a download at the […]

Mourning The End Of An Era, And #NotEnough4ME

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  From dSavannah Rambles blog.   Five years ago yesterday was the last day of my last job, the end of my professional life, and the start of my life as a disabled person (although I didn’t know at the time that it was the end, and it took me a long time to call myself […]

Life In Lockdown: What Matters When All Is Lost

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  By Naomi Whittingham in A Life Hidden.   On the eve of 2020, in New Year Reflections, I looked back on a difficult 2019 and asked: “What might I be called upon to face this year?”  I could not have imagined what lay ahead – not only for me, but for the entire world. Living […]

The Distant Corona Connection

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  By Anil van der Zee.   Adjusting. We are in a crisis! A pandemic! The coronavirus is spreading. It’s frightening. Will I be infected? My friends? And most importantly how will it affect us? The uncertainty of the unknown is probably the most unsettling of the whole situation. As we are dealing with a […]

Coronavirus V: Lipkin, Bateman And Klimas Talk Plus Treatment Updates

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   My, how things change. Less than a month ago, only 70 coronavirus cases had been reported in the country. Our president had just recently announced that the virus was under control. The sun was shining brightly. How naïve we all were. Just a month later, the U.S. leads the […]

‘Amazing Friend’ Raising Money To Highlight ME

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  By Alexandra Bánfi in Cambrian News.   Two old school friends are on a mission to raise awareness and money for a “forgotten disease”. Mair Squire and Melissa Davies met at school in Newcastle Emlyn at the age of 11. Melissa now lives in Aberystwyth with her son Edwyn Bywood who, at the age of 15, […]

Ending The Somatization Myth In ME/CFS (Or “Who’s The Deluded One Now” ?)

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Ronald Reagan said to Gorbachev, “Take down that wall!” and it did ultimately fall.  The ME/CFS version of that might be, “Get rid of those stubborn psychiatric ideas!” It’s a cultural problem.  The authors pointed out that anytime a physician sees a patient with unexplained fatigue, their default […]

New Pathways: A Step Towards Fine-Tuning Treatments For ME/CFS ?

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    By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   Most chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) studies focus on females, but for once we have a study contrasting females and males. It makes sense that this group – hailing from Dr. Klimas’s Institute for Neuroimmune Studies, the University of Miami, the Veterans Center in Miami, the University […]

Physio’s For M.E.

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Who we are We are a group of physiotherapists based in the UK who have recognised the issues of physiotherapy for people with ME. ​ Our aims are: – to educate and inform physiotherapists about ME and appropriate management strategies ​ – to support people with ME to feel confident in seeking physiotherapy treatment ​ […]

ME Awareness – Lightning Up Clifford’s Tower In Blue

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  Just to let you know that City of York Council has agreed to light up Clifford’s Tower in York in blue over the period 11 to 17 May to help raise awareness of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).   This is part of a worldwide campaign where buildings in towns and cities across the globe will […]

Inside I’m Dancing

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By Chloe Leanne Brooks in M.E. Support.   I used to live by the motto “Don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain” – but unfortunately, in my life this is no longer the case. My life is stormy. I can’t dance through this pain and heartache any more because my body […]

M.E Myths Debunked: Part 1

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  By Lorna McFindlow in the Cream Crakered Blog.   Two years ago, when I was diagnosed with M.E, I knew a little about it because a friend of mine had it, but other than that I was clueless. From what I was told at the time of my diagnosis, I understood that I was […]

To Sleep At Last: A Good-bye To Darden Burns

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   “It comes down to the simple fact that I do not have enough energy to sustain my recovery. I am not sure that everyone in the CFS is like me, maybe I’m an outlier or just have a unique presentation of the condition. In any case I […]

Cell-Based Blood Biomarkers For Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  By Daniel Missailidis, Oana Sanislav, Claire Y Allan, Sarah J Annesley, Paul R Fisher in Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(3), 1142; [doi.org/10.3390/ijms21031142].   Research abstract: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a devastating illness whose biomedical basis is now beginning to be elucidated. We reported previously that, after recovery from frozen storage, lymphocytes (peripheral blood monocytic cells, PBMCs) from […]

Has The “Reptilian Brain” Gone Haywire In ME/CFS ? Back To The Brainstem We Go.

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The most primitive part of the brain, the brainstem – a  part of “the reptilian brain” – doesn’t get much respect in medical research. VanElzakker pointed out that most brain scan studies focus on the upper, more highly developed parts of the brain.  Because brain imaging techniques can’t […]

My Story – Living With Severe M.E.

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog. Foreword: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is an incredibly isolating and debilitating condition but I don’t want your sympathy, that’s not why I’m writing this piece. All we (the M.E. community) ask is for understanding and education. We want to be taken seriously by medical professionals and […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Living With An Invisible Illness

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  From BBCNews.   Lorna Bryson, 25, suffers from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. The illness means she has a low immune system, gets headaches, sore muscles and joints, and needs at least 12 hours sleep every night. Doctors didn’t believe there was anything wrong with Lorna growing up as she […]

Trial By Error: The Danish ME Association’s Open Letter

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  By David Tuller in Trial By Error.   The Danish ME Association has sent and posted the following open letter to “Danish health politicians,” with a very impressive list of international signatories. It seemed important to give this letter wide circulation. (Note that footnotes 4 and 5 are linked to the names of two […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) In The Young. Time To Repent

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  By Ola Didrik Saugstad in Wiley Online Library.   Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/ Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex disease with symptoms from multiple organ systems. The severity of these symptoms ranges from mild to severe with the most severely affected confined to a dark room to achieve sensory deprivation. Two incidence peaks have been […]

“Left Out”: An ME/CFS Movie Of Commitment, Hope And Despair

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   It was a project birthed in hope. Pal Schaathun, a Norwegian filmmaker would document what he hoped might be the end of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).  That, unfortunately, turned out not to be but Schaathun ended up documenting – in strikingly beautiful fashion – the next best […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) In The Young. Time To Repent

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 By Ola Didrik Saugstad in Wiley Online Library. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/ Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex disease with symptoms from multiple organ systems. The severity of these symptoms ranges from mild to severe with the most severely affected confined to a dark room to achieve sensory deprivation. Two incidence peaks have been described between […]

“The Tompkins Effect” at Harvard University: More Than Just An ME/CFS Research Center

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Ron Tompkins Effect Ron Tompkins had recently come back from a meeting with over a dozen MD’s and specialists from Mass General Hospital who’d evinced a strong interest in ME/CFS. Dr. Bateman has said it’s easy to get researchers, at least, interested in this disease but […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Initiative

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    From Stanford Medicine   Welcome The ME/CFS Initiative conducts extensive clinical research in an effort to improve diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating illness. Stanford Medicine has had great success in engaging and collaborating with nearly 50 researchers across Stanford University and beyond. Together, they have discovered various potential biomarkers that have confirmed […]

#MEAction Scotland’s Petition: Progress Continues

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  From Meaction Scotland.   On Thursday 19th December, 2019 the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee met to continue its consideration of  #MEAction Scotland’s petition, PE1690, which calls for a review of treatment of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) in Scotland. Appearing before the committee to give evidence were Jeane Freeman, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for […]

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