By Dr John Cillinan in RTE Brainstorm.
Analysis: Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) has been routinely dismissed and misdiagnosed by medical professionals, and the similarities between it and long Covid could lead to a similar situation.
May is ME awareness month, an international initiative to raise awareness of a much misunderstood, and often maligned, illness.
ME, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis but is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), is a chronic and complex multi-system biological condition that can affect all age groups but is much more common in women.
Symptoms include cognitive difficulties, pain, sleep disturbance, and orthostatic intolerance, while a defining feature is an unusual debilitating response to even mild exertion, known as ‘postexertional neuro-immune exhaustion’.
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