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The Fear In My Doctor’s Eyes

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  By Anil van der Zee in CAPTURE.DANCE.WORDS.   The honeymoon. Before becoming ill, my relationship with the medical world was always great. It was pretty much straightforward really. During my profession as a dancer, injuries were of course always of a concern. I had to be in close contact with doctors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, […]

Caution And Controversy

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  By Anna Redshaw in her M.E. Myself And I Blog.   This post has been years in the making. And even after sitting on it for so long and coming back to it to triple check I’m expressing myself as carefully and as clearly as I can, it still feels controversial to click Publish. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Letter To My Nearest And Dearest

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  From the Mummying and M.E. Blog.   To my wonderful friends and family (you know who you are), I want to attempt to say thank you to you all but also sorry at the same time by writing this open letter. I’m not entirely sure I’ll manage but here goes. For those who haven’t […]

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 […]

Marcie Zinn Was A Force For ME

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    From Meaction. We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Marcie Zinn, PhD, who was a dedicated researcher, advocate and person with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Marcie died of sudden heart failure on Dec. 28, 2019. Marcie and her husband, Mark, founded the Neurocognitive Research Institute (NCRI), a non-profit that specializes in 3D-mapping of the […]

Scope Accused Of ‘Exploitation’ After Seeking Disabled Writer To Work For Free

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disability charity has been accused of “exploitative” and “disgraceful” behaviour after asking disabled journalists to write an article for its website without payment. The charity Scope sent out a message on social media this week seeking a “disability blogger” who could write an article […]

30 Years Beyond Comprehension

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  From A Life Hidden.   Today is the 30th anniversary of the day I became ill.  How surreal those words sound, even after three decades spent adjusting to them.  My illness now accounts for three quarters of my life: a span of time so vast that it defies comprehension. When I fell ill as […]

Stop Assuming I’m Not Disabled Just Because I Don’t “Look Disabled”

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  By Rachel Carrington in Rooted in Rights.   I park my car in a parking space reserved for those with disabilities. My door is barely open before I’m confronted by a woman who demands to see my handicap parking placard. Her mother is disabled, and she needs the space. I point her toward my […]

When The Triggers For Your Illness Are Constantly Changing

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    By Lisa Alioto in The Mighty.   For the past six years I have lived with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). It’s a multi-system disease that affects the neurological, endocrine, immune and energy metabolism systems. Its hallmark symptom is post-exertional malaise (PEM). PEM is a reduction in functioning and a severe worsening of symptoms after even minimal exertion. […]

How I know ME/CFS* Is A Physical Illness

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    By Una Hearne.   Introduction I am writing this to put a final nail in the coffin of the idea that ME/CFS is a psychosomatic issue; that it is ‘all in the mind’. Having both the physical illness ME/CFS (from age 16) and the mental illness Depression (since birth), I am in a […]

New Government Provides Details On Five Disability Policy Pledges

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The new Conservative government has described how it plans to fulfil the five major disability policy pledges it included in its general election manifesto. The details were included in a briefing document published alongside last month’s Queen’s speech by prime minister Boris Johnson. They cover social care, a […]

We Celebrate The Life And Legacy Of A Warrior For ME

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  From #MEAction.   It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of ME community advocate, Cindy Siegel Shepler. Cindy lived with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and multiple other health issues. She dedicated much of her increasingly limited time and energy to advocacy, increased awareness, and increasing research funds for ME. She had a […]

Book Exposes ‘Horrifying’ Levels Of Abuse Faced By Disabled People On Public Transport

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A new book by a disabled researcher has detailed the “horrifying” levels of disability hate crime that take place every day on public transport across the UK. David Wilkin says the results of his research are “sometimes startling and almost always distressing” and illustrate the “ongoing […]

5 Tips For Making Your Christmas Party Accessible

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  By Kerry Thompson in AccessAble.   Disability blogger and campaigner Kerry Thompson, who has Muscular Dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, gives us her top 5 tips for making Christmas parties accessible. December is here! The shops are filled with Christmas Trees and decorations, the bars and restaurants are advertising booking Christmas parties, it’s a […]

Living With An Unsociable Illness

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  From the Not Just Tired Blog.   As I’m writing this post, I’m sat in bed, having to take time out to rest, whilst we have a family member staying with us for the weekend. Enjoying listening from afar to the lively chatter, yet not a part of it. Would I not rather be downstairs, […]

BMJ Should Retract Flawed Research Paper On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    By David Tuller in Statnews.com.   Few journals have been more admirable than The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) and some of its sister publications under the BMJ brand in highlighting issues of direct significance to health care consumers. So it is baffling — and troubling — when BMJ editors fail to […]

Lewisham Commission Hopes To Put Disabled People At Heart Of Decision-Making

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A local authority has become the second in London to set up an independent, user-led commission to investigate the barriers faced by disabled residents. Lewisham Disabled People’s Commission (LDPC) will be led by disabled people and will examine organisational, attitudinal and physical barriers faced by disabled […]

Tips On How To Survive The Festive Season

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Christmas can be a particularly hard time of year for people living with chronic ill-health. It can be a mental and physical strain, filled with potential pitfalls. I have to admit I’ve never been a Christmassy person. We (my family) didn’t celebrate Christmas when […]

Resting When Tired Isn’t Lazy – It’s Self Care

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    By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Since my heart procedure 2 weeks ago, it feels like I’ve done nothing but sleep. I know I should be thankful my poor, exhausted body is finally letting me rest, but I’m struggling with the notion that I’m just “being lazy” and the […]

7 Ways To Tackle Low Self-Esteem With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia

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  By Colleen Downey in The Mighty.   Self-esteem is generally described as the degree of regard or respect individuals have for themselves and is a subjective measure of worth that we place on our abilities and judgments; it is an understanding we create of our worth based on emotions and beliefs about how we […]

“Neither Dying, Nor Recovering”: Learning From ICUs To Solve ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia – A Synopsis

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    By Dominic Stanculescu in Health Rising.    From Dominic   I believe observations made in Intensive Care Units can further understanding of ME/CFS.   Indeed, following a severe injury or infection some ICU patients fail to begin recovery for unknown reasons. This condition, termed “chronic” or “prolonged critical illness,” is characterized by neuroendocrine dysfunctions perpetuated by cytokines and oxidative/nitrosative stress. Regardless of the initial injury or […]

Disabled People Like Me Are Being Forced To Battle Daily For Our Most Basic Needs

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  By Susan McKinstery in Huffpost.   I was born in 1981, the year declared “International Year of Persons with Disabilities” by the UN. It heralded the beginning of the “Decade for Persons with Disabilities”, which saw the beginning of what would go on to become landmark equalities legislation and political policy making. The intention for […]

Are You A Clumper Or Slider ? The ESR ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia Poll

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   It’s the simplest of medical tests. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or SED rate) test simply measures the rate at which the red blood cells in whole blood descend in a test tube over a period of one hour. This non-specific measure of inflammation works because, during an inflammatory process, […]

Antibiotics: Even Low Use In Children Can Have A Negative Impact On Health – New Research

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  By Oliver van Hecke in The Conversation.   GPs in the UK carry out over 300m patient consultations every year and at least a quarter of these deal with children. Almost two-thirds of such appointments are for coughs, sore throats, or earaches – illnesses which young children commonly get. Doctors and nurses group these types of illnesses […]

What An M.E. Crash Feels Like

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    From the Mummying And M.E. Blog.   NB: This is just my experience of an M.E. crash. This description is not going to be the same for everyone. My daughter is talking to me this morning, but I don’t understand what she’s saying. My husband has been doing the washing up downstairs, opening […]

Don’t Fight The Quicksand

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From Lorem Ipsum Life   When I was a kid I thought quicksand was going to be a much bigger problem.* Weirdly, as inaccurate as the movie depictions were of quicksand, they make an excellent analogy for activity and ME. TV and movies taught me that if I fall into quicksand, the worst thing I could […]

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