The Never-Ending Challenge Of Dealing With Post-Exertional Malaise (PEM)



From Not Just Tired.


After a good day, or a spell of feeling pretty ok, it’s always a kick in the teeth when Post-Exertional Malaise (PEM) catches up with you. As I’m sure those of you living with ME/CFS, will be all too familiar with. For those not familiar, PEM is the worsening of ME/CFS symptoms after physical or mental activity – and this can be after minimalactivity.

Sometimes a couple of days can pass by, and you have that glimmer of hope that you just may have escaped it this time. At the same time as looking over your shoulder waiting for it to appear. Then those unwanted yet familiar symptoms suddenly creep up, and wrap themselves around you like a poisonous snake, from which there is no escape. Dragging you down, weighing heavy on your already aching body, and sucking the life out of you.


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