By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
Just about everyone with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) has the sense that the disease has an astonishing ability to fall through the cracks. It’s a major disease that affects around a million people in the U.S. yet gets very little funding. It has no home at the NIH; it doesn’t fit it in any medical specialty (other than its own); patients can get astonishingly, jaw-droppingly ill; their functionality is far lower than in many other serious diseases, and patients often present with weird findings which doctors tell them they’ve never seen before.
The biggest crack of all, though, may be the strange pattern of exercise intolerance found in the disease. Exercise, after all, is almost like a universal medicine. Moderate levels of exercise are recommended for just about every person and every chronic disease. Studies indicate that even “frail and very old adults” can benefit from exercise.
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