Story by Sasha Nimmo in #MEAction
Norwegian researchers asked ‘What exactly is myalgic encephalomyelitis?’ and found it is not the same as chronic fatigue syndrome. Broad criteria results in misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment. Researchers need narrower criteria to develop effective treatments.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis is a “reasonably well-defined disorder with distinct clinical characteristics”, according to research published in October 2015, which reviewed the major clinical definitions.
“Patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis have more severe symptomatology than those with chronic fatigue syndrome, but better mental health…we believe that it is important to distinguish between myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome. Many studies have included very heterogeneous patient populations, where perhaps only a minority of individuals had what we would define as myalgic encephalomyelitis.”
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