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OMF Announces New Treatment Trial

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  From Open Medicine Foundation.   As part of #MayMomentum, Open Medicine Foundation is thrilled to announce a new clinical trial that builds on OMF-funded research and shows the interconnected strategies of the four OMF-Established ME / CFS Collaborative Research Centers. We hope that you will agree that this thoughtful research strategy deserves your support and that today […]

It’s Not You, It’s M.E.

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As we approach the end of ME Awareness Month….. It’s Not You, It’s M.E. When we first started out Wide eyed at the coming years We were so strong We just bowled along No worries, no cares, no fears. Now times have changed We’re growing apart Body and soul It’s breaking my heart It’s such […]

My Comments To The Cochrane Review On Exercise Therapy For CFS

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By ME/CFS skeptic.   Problems with the amended version (Version published: 02 October 2019) part I. I appreciate the efforts made by Cochrane and the authors to correct some of the errors in the previous version of this review. There are however some major problems that remain and significantly impact the results and conclusion. I hope […]

Trial By Error: Norway’s Double Whammy Of Fuzzy Science

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    By David Tuller, DrPH Norway’s got a double whammy going on. First there’s the group of investigators that seems to have had trouble determining whether their newly published research on CBT and music therapy was an actual randomized trial or merely a feasibility study. (More on that below.) Then we have Dagbladet, a widely […]

Untangling The MUS Web

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  By Good Elf in Opposing MEGA. Untangling The MUS Web How badly have UK proponents of ‘Medically Unexplained Symptoms’ (MUS) misled the medical community? From the murky mire of ‘medical’ literature on ‘MUS’, one reference emerges as more rancid than the rest. This 2001 paper – https://www.sciencedirect.com/…/…/abs/pii/S0022399901002239… – by Nimnuan, Wessely and Hotopf has been used […]

Bus Company Forced To Act After Campaigner’s Wheelchair Space Victory

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled campaigner has secured an “important victory” that has forced a transport company to bring in new measures to protect the rights of wheelchair-users to use buses. Wheelchair-user Nina Grant, from north London, began legal action against Arriva after repeatedly being left on the pavement […]

Seizing the Moment: International ME/CFS COVID-19 Research Effort Begins

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   “I have sympathy for people with chronic fatigue syndrome now, and I believe this disease fast-tracks you into experiencing these symptoms.” Paul Garner – Infectious Diseases Specialist A lot of infections can trigger chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) but in some ways SARS-CoV-2 is different in ways that reminds […]

COVID-19 & The 2nd Wind Blows Into ME/CFS

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  By Jennie Jacques in jennie jacques.com.   I have a keen interest in what happens to our body after severe infection, particularly viral infection. And I would like to start my article by highlighting (with gratitude) ‘New Scientist’ who have pre-warned us, “Viral infections have previously been linked to problems with long-term fatigue symptoms. […]

Consumer-Contested Evidence: Why the ME/CFS Exercise Dispute Matters So Much

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    By Hilda Bastian in PLOS  Blogs. Sometimes, a dispute with a consumer movement comes along that has profound implications for far more than the people in it. I think the dramatic clash between the ME/CFS patient community and a power base in the evidence community is one of those. It points to weaknesses in […]

Paul Garner: Covid-19 And Fatigue—A Game Of Snakes And Ladders

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  By Paul Garner in BMJ BMJ Blogs.   It’s over, I thought! It was the beginning of May, after the weirdest seven weeks of illness I had ever had, a roller coaster of exhaustion, pain everywhere, tinnitus, headaches, and fog: I felt remarkably well, almost high. The aches had gone, my mind was alive, […]

ME Awareness: Failure To Accurately Diagnose Can Lead To Lifetime Of Misery And Suffering

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  By Debbie Mckno in the ME Awareness website. My name is Debbie. Here is the story of my long, exhausting, and difficult battle to get diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. From 17 years old, I was told by doctors, “You are just run down.” I had constant infections, viruses, and chronic tonsillitis. Feeling […]

Why Certain Illnesses Remain Mysterious

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  By Sarah Ramsay in The Paris Review.   When I first began research for my book about women with mysterious illnesses, I was overwhelmed. No two women were alike. The number of illnesses that qualified as mysterious was staggering. Lyme, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, candida, Epstein-Barr, Ehlers-Danlos, polycystic ovary syndrome, subclinical hypothyroid, dysautonomia, irritable […]

Living Life ‘Light’ With ME

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  LIVING LIFE ‘LIGHT’ WITH ME When ME strikes We know the score Our lives won’t be As they were before We learn to pace Wind things down Cut things out Try not to drown Living on the edge of fun As if your life is all but done In the shadows, out of sight […]

Beyond Tired : ME/CFS Life – Awareness Week 2020

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From the Invisibly ME Blog.   The 11th to 17th May 2020 marks ME/CFS Awareness Week. It was also Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on 12th May, which I posted about recently with debunking 6 fibro myths. The colour blue is recognised as the colour of ME awareness and many charities, groups and individuals are doing their bit […]

Sadly, COVID-19 Could Just Be The Start Of Your Problems..

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  By Spoonseeker.   I know you have enough to worry about already with the pandemic situation the way it is, but there is something else important that you should know. The sad truth is that if you get COVID – 19 and survive, it could just be the start of your problems. Ever since […]

Minister Criticised By Government ‘Disability Champion’ Over Third Access Exemption

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government has been criticised by one of its own “disability champions” after it granted the transport industry its third temporary exemption from access laws, so it could continue to use inaccessible vehicles for rail replacement services. In December, it emerged that the government was allowing the […]

ME And My List

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ME AND MY LIST The eyes they slowly open A restless night behind Sleep didn’t want to come my way To rest my buzzing mind I gently rise to find my feet Hope the strength is there to greet My legs like stilts, …..no feeling I fall,…… to stare up at the ceiling It’s gonna […]

‘Leave No One Behind’ – ME Awareness Day 2020

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  There has been a sense of confusion in my heart since the Covid-19 Lockdown. Maybe by writing I can unravel the unease. Thoughts on ME & Covid-19 by Corina Duyn. For the past seven weeks – 55 days – life as we knew it has changed forever. A virus which nobody can see, but […]

Welcome To Law And Health

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  By Valerie Eliot Smith in Law And Health.   “The history of ME remains one of the worst examples of unacknowledged institutional abuse in modern times.” ~ Valerie Eliot Smith 2019  ***************************** Note: this blog works across all devices but can be viewed most easily on a computer or tablet. Thank you for visiting […]

Trial By Error: Today Is May 12th And Everyone’s Missing

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  By David Tuller, DrPH Today, May 12th, is International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND)—often shortened to International ME (or ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Besides ME, other diseases included in the CIND group, per the May 12th International Awareness Day site, are chronic fatigue syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivity. […]

ME And The Pain Of Looking Forward

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By talmandan in The Low Side Blog.   I’ve spent the last six weeks with some strange form of writer’s block. I don’t know if it has just coincidentally been parallel to a global pandemic, or due to some debilitating levels of ME related exhaustion, or a combination of both. I’ve watched while chronic illness bloggers […]

The Blood Vessel Crunch: A Unifying Hypothesis For ME/CFS

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  By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   This is another hypothesis paper that gives one hope – and makes one wonder if the authors might have a handle on what’s happening with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). The paper proposes that a tantalizingly simple problem – an autoimmune attack on just one receptor – out […]

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 think to wonder why Jack from the pub Hayley down at the […]

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, using […]

Coronavirus: MPs And Peers Ask PM For A ‘Disability Inclusive’ Response To Pandemic

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By John Pring in Disability News Service. At least 10 disabled MPs and peers have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to ensure that the government improves its support for disabled people in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The letter, sent to Boris Johnson by the all-party parliamentary group for disability and […]

Study Of The Possible Conversion Of COVID-19 Patients To ME / CFS

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  From The Open Medicine Foundation.   Open Medicine Foundation is excited to announce the initiation of a study of patients with COVID-19 to monitor the course of their disease and its sequelae to ascertain whether they convert to ME / CFS and to study the molecular transformation if it occurs. This will involve  collection of body […]

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 […]

What Have Tea And Cake Got To Do With M.E. ?

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    By Anna Redshaw in her M.E. Myself and I Blog.   In my experience it can be difficult to get non-sufferers to properly engage with M.E. advocacy efforts. There can be many reasons for this. Perhaps they find it upsetting to think of the depths of their loved one’s suffering. Or they don’t […]

Coronavirus: Disabled Benefit Claimants Tell MPs How Crisis Has Hit Them Hard

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people have told MPs how they have been hit particularly hard by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the benefits system. The Commons work and pensions committee carried out a survey of benefit claimants as part of an inquiry into the response of the Department […]

Coronavirus Could Cause Secondary Illnesses Including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Experts Warn

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By Sarah Newey in The Telegraph.   Covid-19 may trigger post-viral fatigue syndrome in some patients, experts have warned, amid growing evidence that an infection could have significant long term health repercussions. While initial reports focused on the impact that the coronavirus has on the respiratory system, a stream of medical papers published over the last few weeks […]

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