ME World Perspective

Trial By Error: Merck Manual Still Disseminates GET/CBT Advice

David Tuller

  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 ?

Valerie Eliot-Smith

  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 […]

For ME/CFS Patients, Viral Immunities Come At A Devastating, Lifelong Cost

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  By Scott LaFee in USC San Diego Health.   Mylagic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disabling and complex illness. Affected persons often cannot pursue ordinary activities — physical or mental — because of an incapacitating loss of energy and other symptoms, and may find themselves confined to bed or house-bound for years. Anyone […]

Explaining ME/CFS ? Prusty / Naviaux Study Ties Infections To Energy Breakdowns

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. Unexpected synchronies are always a good sign. Many, of course, are familiar with Bob Naviaux, MD, PhD from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Naviaux’s metabolomic work and his Cell Danger Response (CDR) hypothesis have opened up new possible ways of understanding ME/CFS, autism and other diseases. […]

ME/CFS Research During The Time Of The Coronavirus: Shutdowns And Opportunities

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   As we enter a second month of a more or less complete shutdown of the economy, a burning question arose – what the heck was going on with our precious chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) research?  Was it stuck in neutral or proceeding? Had our researchers, like so many […]

Trial By Error: Oxford Health Blinks, Removes Pamphlet On Post-COVID Illness

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  By David Tuller, DrPH. In this traumatic time, small victories should be savored. Last week, I noticed a tweet from patient and advocate Tom Kindlon about a pamphlet from the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, the entity that oversees NHS services in the Oxford region. Other patients and advocates also flagged it on social media and sent […]

Scientists Warn COVID-19 Could Lead To Neurological Complications In Some Patients

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By NATHAN DENETTE/THE CANADIAN PRESS. While the new coronavirus is known to cause respiratory illness, some scientists suggest it can also potentially lead to brain and nerve damage in certain patients. Beyond the typical symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, doctors around the world have reported cases of infected patients with an […]

The ME Association End Of Week Research Round-Up | 10 April 2020

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By Charlotte Stephens, Research Correspondent, ME Association. We show below brief summaries of the research studies about ME/CFS that have been published in the last week, followed by the abstracts from those studies. This information will be included in the monthly update to the central Research Index which is made freely available as a download at the […]

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 […]

Meet The Businesswomen Whose Chronic Conditions Mean They Have To Sneak In Sleep In Toilets

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By Dayna McAlpine in the Metro.   It’s 8am on a Monday morning. I’ve had ten hours of sleep, a strong coffee to kick start the day and a cold shower to get my blood pumping before heading to the office. It’s 12pm on a Monday afternoon. I’ve been staring at my screen for three […]

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 […]

Will COVID-19 Leave An Explosion Of ME/CFS Cases In Its Wake ?

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By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   The first SARS epidemic in 2003 featuring SARS-CoV now seems like a poor dress rehearsal for today’s SARS CoV-2 outbreak. With just 8,000 cases in total and 774 deaths, (compared to almost 1,000,000 cases and 4,000 plus deaths and rising rapidly) it seems hardly worth including in the same sentence. […]

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 […]

Coronavirus V: Lipkin, Bateman And Klimas Talk Plus Treatment Updates

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   My, how things change. Less than a month ago, only 70 coronavirus cases had been reported in the country. Our president had just recently announced that the virus was under control. The sun was shining brightly. How naïve we all were. Just a month later, the U.S. leads the […]

Ending The Somatization Myth In ME/CFS (Or “Who’s The Deluded One Now” ?)

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Ronald Reagan said to Gorbachev, “Take down that wall!” and it did ultimately fall.  The ME/CFS version of that might be, “Get rid of those stubborn psychiatric ideas!” It’s a cultural problem.  The authors pointed out that anytime a physician sees a patient with unexplained fatigue, their default […]

New Pathways: A Step Towards Fine-Tuning Treatments For ME/CFS ?

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    By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   Most chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) studies focus on females, but for once we have a study contrasting females and males. It makes sense that this group – hailing from Dr. Klimas’s Institute for Neuroimmune Studies, the University of Miami, the Veterans Center in Miami, the University […]

Eight Reasons People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) And/Or Fibromyalgia Should Take Care

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Please note, if it’s not obvious, that I’m not a doctor – I’m a patient. Take these musings as you will. We don’t know if people with ME/CFS or FM are more at risk of: a) getting COVID-19; or b) coming down with a severe case of […]

Do You Ever Feel Like Giving Up ?

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    By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Do you ever feel like giving up? Do you ever feel like you don’t have the strength to keep going? Do you ever feel like screaming; “I didn’t sign up for this”? Do you ever feel like the world is against you? Do […]

Protecting Yourself From Coronavirus Is Proving Harder For Disabled People Like Me

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  By Chloe Tear in Huffpost.   It feels like every headline you read now is about coronavirus. With the virus causing concern and costing lives worldwide, it isn’t surprising. But it’s important that we talk about what that concern looks like if you’re disabled. We already know those with pre-existing conditions, like me, are more […]

ME Awareness – Lightning Up Clifford’s Tower In Blue

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  Just to let you know that City of York Council has agreed to light up Clifford’s Tower in York in blue over the period 11 to 17 May to help raise awareness of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).   This is part of a worldwide campaign where buildings in towns and cities across the globe will […]

To Sleep At Last: A Good-bye To Darden Burns

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   “It comes down to the simple fact that I do not have enough energy to sustain my recovery. I am not sure that everyone in the CFS is like me, maybe I’m an outlier or just have a unique presentation of the condition. In any case I […]

Cell-Based Blood Biomarkers For Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  By Daniel Missailidis, Oana Sanislav, Claire Y Allan, Sarah J Annesley, Paul R Fisher in Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(3), 1142; [doi.org/10.3390/ijms21031142].   Research abstract: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a devastating illness whose biomedical basis is now beginning to be elucidated. We reported previously that, after recovery from frozen storage, lymphocytes (peripheral blood monocytic cells, PBMCs) from […]

Has The “Reptilian Brain” Gone Haywire In ME/CFS ? Back To The Brainstem We Go.

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The most primitive part of the brain, the brainstem – a  part of “the reptilian brain” – doesn’t get much respect in medical research. VanElzakker pointed out that most brain scan studies focus on the upper, more highly developed parts of the brain.  Because brain imaging techniques can’t […]

My Story – Living With Severe M.E.

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog. Foreword: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is an incredibly isolating and debilitating condition but I don’t want your sympathy, that’s not why I’m writing this piece. All we (the M.E. community) ask is for understanding and education. We want to be taken seriously by medical professionals and […]

A Doctor’s Perspective: Is ME/CFS Really Lyme Disease ?

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  By Dr David Bell in ProHealth.   Editor’s Note: David S. Bell, MD is a well-known doctor in the field of ME/CFS treatment and research. Though now retired, Bell was among the first physicians who cared for the group of ME/CFS patients that were part of the original cluster of outbreaks in the mid-1980s. […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Living With An Invisible Illness

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  From BBCNews.   Lorna Bryson, 25, suffers from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. The illness means she has a low immune system, gets headaches, sore muscles and joints, and needs at least 12 hours sleep every night. Doctors didn’t believe there was anything wrong with Lorna growing up as she […]

WHO Retires “Benign” From “Benign Myalgic Encephalomyelitis” For Final ICD-10 Release

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  BY ADMINDXRW in DX Revision Watch.   In my report for the December edition of the ME Global Chronicle, I set out how the G93.3 terms: Postviral fatigue syndrome Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis Chronic fatigue syndrome are classified in the World Health Organization’s international version of ICD-10 and how these terms have been classified for ICD-11. I have […]

Trial By Error: The Danish ME Association’s Open Letter

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  By David Tuller in Trial By Error.   The Danish ME Association has sent and posted the following open letter to “Danish health politicians,” with a very impressive list of international signatories. It seemed important to give this letter wide circulation. (Note that footnotes 4 and 5 are linked to the names of two […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) In The Young. Time To Repent

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  By Ola Didrik Saugstad in Wiley Online Library.   Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/ Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex disease with symptoms from multiple organ systems. The severity of these symptoms ranges from mild to severe with the most severely affected confined to a dark room to achieve sensory deprivation. Two incidence peaks have been […]

“Left Out”: An ME/CFS Movie Of Commitment, Hope And Despair

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   It was a project birthed in hope. Pal Schaathun, a Norwegian filmmaker would document what he hoped might be the end of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).  That, unfortunately, turned out not to be but Schaathun ended up documenting – in strikingly beautiful fashion – the next best […]

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) In The Young. Time To Repent

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 By Ola Didrik Saugstad in Wiley Online Library. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/ Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex disease with symptoms from multiple organ systems. The severity of these symptoms ranges from mild to severe with the most severely affected confined to a dark room to achieve sensory deprivation. Two incidence peaks have been described between […]

Meet The Researchers Behind A New Trial Into ME

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    The Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park is holding a public meeting to talk about their ongoing research into myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS). The event will also be a chance to give your opinions about the planned future clinical trial into a new form of treatment that targets gut microbes for […]

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