What is ME ?

 

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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
  • Headaches
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Immunological Problems
  • Muscle Weakness and Intense Pain
  • Neurological Problems
  • Sleep Problems

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Link to Invest in ME Research

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