chronic fatigue syndrome

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Health Update #3: My ME Is In Remission

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  By Jen Brea. This is a hard post to write because there are no words that can do this justice. I can hardly believe it myself. My ME is in remission. For the first few years that I was ill, I dreamt of being able to say this. I fantasized about what recovery would […]

Test Can Spot Whether You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Stanford And UC Scientists Say

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  By Cathie Anderson in The Tribune.   Researchers at Stanford University and UC Irvine appear close to giving people with chronic fatigue syndrome something they have wanted for decades: a biological test that diagnoses their disease, according to a research paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Those who suffer from […]

8 Common Myths About ME/CFS Debunked

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   For ME Awareness month I want to tackle some of the common misconceptions surrounding this debilitating illness. The lack of belief and ignorance surrounding ME is deep-rooted and causes significant harm to patients worldwide. Due to the disbelief, misconceptions, and stigma that are attached […]

Who Gets CFS/ME And How Does It Start ?

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    From #FindME.   Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), can affect anyone, even children. Fibromyalgia is a related disease that affects the joins in the body, causing excruciating pain. CFS/ME is most common in women and tends to develop between your mid-20s and mid-40s. Famous celebrities, such as 71-year-old […]

Biomarker For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Identified

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    From Stanford Medicine News Center.   Stanford scientists devised a blood-based test that accurately identified people with chronic fatigue syndrome, a new study reports. People suffering from a debilitating and often discounted disease known as chronic fatigue syndrome may soon have something they’ve been seeking for decades: scientific proof of their ailment. Researchers […]

When Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Feels Like An Energy-Sucking Vampire

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    By Caitlin Phillips-Peddlesden in The Mighty.   Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) fatigue. The invisible illness vampire. The blood- (or energy-) sucking beast ever at your shoulder, teeth in your neck. CFS fatigue is invisible. Many people with CFS have no visibly discernible symptoms. Only the bags under our eyes point to the constant torture people […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

When Doctors Brush You Off Because They Don’t Know How To Treat You

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  By Saidee Wynn in The Mighty.   In the TV show “Golden Girls,” a two-part episode titled “Sick and Tired” depicts the character of Dorothy, played by Bea Arthur, approaching a doctor while out at a restaurant. This doctor had earlier dismissed her symptoms as being all in her head and sent her on […]

It’s Time To Pay Attention To “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”

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  By Diane O’Leary in BMJ Blogs. Professional and public debate about myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome(ME/CFS) has reached a new pitch.  A London Times article in August described the “acrimonious scientific row” that’s erupted in the UK now that the US Institute of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control insist that ME/CFS is not a psychosomatic […]

Allodynia: A Rare, Distinct Type Of Pain In Fibromyalgia And ME/CFS

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    By Adrienne Dellwo in Very Well Health.   Allodynia is a rare type of pain, generally on the skin, that’s caused by something that wouldn’t normally cause pain. This pain type is frequently associated with fibromyalgia, and some people with chronic fatigue syndrome have it as well. Other conditions associated with allodynia include neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia (shingles), and migraines. Outside of these conditions, […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: ‘It Was Like A Switch Had Been Flipped. I Couldn’t Stand Ip’

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  By Louise Ní Chríodáin in The Irish Times.   Aspiring dancer Rosa Devine was 16 when illness took her legs from under her. Bedridden, by what she came to know as chronic fatigue syndrome, comic books and art would become first a solace, and then the trajectory to a new future. “It was easier to […]

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 stress […]

Metabolomics Study Suggests Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Be Oxidative Stress/Low Oxygen Disease

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Disturbances in circulation and provision of oxygen to tissues could underlie many symptoms of ME/CFS. Metabolomics has quickly become one of the hottest research trends in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).  The metabolomic work in ME/CFS started with the Australians, picked up speed when Ron Davis and […]

What About M.E.? Living With A Little Known And Widely Misunderstood Neurological Disease

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    By Lori, in Rare Disease Day.   What About M.E.? Living with a Little Known and Widely Misunderstood Neurological Disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME CFS for short, is the disabling disease that I’ve been diagnosed with and that has changed my life forever. First, some words about the disease itself. […]

What Causes Chronic Fatigue ? What We Know, Don’t Know And Suspect

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    By Mark Guthridge, Monash University, in The Conversation.    Around 200,000 people in Australia suffer from a debilitating illness often branded with the unfortunate name of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). I say “unfortunate” because this implies patients are simply tired, run-down, burnt-out or overly stressed. But myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME/CFS as it is now more commonly called, […]

The Monster Disease Medical Schools Don’t Mention

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    by Llewellyn King in Inside Sources.   For 10 long years, I’ve been writing and broadcasting about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, now called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). Like all chronic diseases, it’s brutally unfair to the afflicted. But ME also can claim to have been unfairly treated by doctors and medical researchers, the pharmaceutical giants, and the […]

Neuroinflammation And Cytokines In Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS): A Critical Review Of Research Methods

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By Michael B. VanElzakker, Sydney A. Brumfield and Paula S. Lara Mejia in Frontiers in Neurology.   Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is the label given to a syndrome that can include long-term flu-like symptoms, profound fatigue, trouble concentrating, and autonomic problems, all of which worsen after exertion. It is unclear how many individuals with this diagnosis are […]

What It’s Like To Live With Chronic Fatigue And Depression

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    By Eleanor Segall in Metro Lifestyle.   Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as ME (myalgic encephalopathy) is estimated to effect 250,000 people in the UK. It is a serious and debilitating illness that at times can render its sufferers unable to function effectively due to the level of fatigue. ME is more than just exhaustion. […]

Trial By Error: The New Interferon “CFS” Study

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    By David Tuller, DrPH I haven’t had time to cover the new and wildly over-hyped study about prolonged fatigue–and purportedly about “chronic fatigue syndrome”–that was published this week in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. Thanks no doubt to the involvement of the Science Media Centre, this mildly interesting piece of research has received widespread media attention. […]

When You’re Stuck In The Middle Of ‘Sick’ And ‘Well’

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  By Cherilyn Schutze in The Mighty.   Stuck in the middle of sick and well. That’s how I feel. Chronic illness is never easy, whether you are the person who’s sick, or the caretaker or family member of a person with a protracted illness. Before I became ill, I was very busy multi-tasking, care-taking, mothering, wife-ing, and working. […]

Accurate Diagnosis Of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Based Upon Objective Test Methods For Characteristic Symptoms

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  By Frank NM Twisk in World Journal of Methodology. Abstract Although myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are considered to be synonymous, the definitional criteria for ME and CFS define two distinct, partially overlapping, clinical entities. ME, whether defined by the original criteria or by the recently proposed criteria, is not equivalent […]

Tips For Newbies With Fibromyalgia And/Or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Having any disease is scary, but having chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and/or fibromyalgia (FM) often adds a hefty dose of confusion and bewilderment to that fear.  Not only are people with ME/CFS and FM typically exhausted and in pain, but problems with short-term memory and information processing […]

Do Graded Activity Therapies Cause Harm In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ?

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  By Tom Kindlon in Journal of Health Psychology.   Abstract Reporting of harms was much better in the PACE (Pacing, graded Activity, and Cognitive behavioural therapy: a randomised Evaluation) trial than earlier chronic fatigue syndrome trials of graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. However, some issues remain. The trial’s poor results on objective measures […]

This Life With Gracie: What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ?

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  By Gracie Bonds Staples, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Chronic fatigue syndrome. For more than two decades, those three words have consumed Liz Burlingame because, well, words mean something. They convey feelings and connote action. They can comfort or cause pain. They can be our best friend or our worst enemy, failing us completely. That’s how Burlingame […]

17 Things People With Chronic Illness Mean When They Say ‘I’m Tired’

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  By Erin Migdol in The Mighty.   Everyone has said “I’m tired” at one point or another. But those deceptively simple words can have so many meanings. Without knowing the extent of the exhaustion someone with chronic illness is feeling when they say they’re tired, people may think your “tiredness” can be cured by a nap or early night, like theirs, not […]

Brain Science On Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  Abstract Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disease characterized by chronic, profound, disabling, and unexplained fatigue. A variety of studies have been performed to establish objective biomarkers of the disease, including positron emission tomography (PET) molecular imaging and neuro-functional imaging using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetoencephalogram (MEG). In this chapter, we summarize […]

Shining A Light On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, A Little Understood Disease Among Doctors

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  By Jennie Spotila, For the Inquirer.   I recently went to a new doctor. He looked over my chart: “Chronic fatigue syndrome,” he read, and then he glanced up at me. “You don’t look tired,” he quipped. “There, I made it go away.” I’ve been sick for 24 years, and I get comments like […]

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