ME – What it IS…
- Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a severe systemic, acquired illness
- Estimated to be 2* as common as MS and 3* times more prevalent than HIV/AIDS,
- Clear clinical symptoms which manifest predominantly based on neurological, immunological and endocrinological dysfunction
- Multi-factorial pathogenesis with the hypothesis of initiation by a viral infection prominent.
- Most frequently follows an acute prodromal infection, varying from upper respiratory infections, bronchitis or sinusitis, or gastroenteritis, or an acute “flu-like” illness.
- Before acquiring ME most patients were healthy, leading full and active lifestyles.
- Reaction to physical and mental activity and sensory input is unique to ME.
- Over-exertion can make ME worse and the effects are often delayed and may not be seen within 24 hours.
- Symptoms can range from mild to very severe and can include:
- Cardiac and Cardiovascular Problems
- Cognitive Dysfunction
- Gastro-intestinal Problems
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Immunological Problems
- Muscle Weakness and Intense Pain
- Neurological Problems
- Sleep Problems
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