What Is ME/CFS? (From an American Viewpoint)

 

 

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From the Solve CFS/ME Initiative.

 

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), is a complex and debilitating chronic disease with a serious impact on one’s quality of life.

What are the symptoms of ME/CFS? The most common symptoms of ME/CFS include post-exertional malaise (PEM), unrefreshing sleep, concentration problems and muscle pain,  typically lasting at least six months.

Post Exertional Malaise (PEM) – PEM is a cardinal symptom of ME/CFS. PEM occurs following mental or physical exertion and is described as worsening symptoms lasting 24 hours or more.

Unrefreshing Sleep – Disrupted and unrefreshing sleep is another hallmark of ME/CFS that causes patients to wake up feeling tired even after periods of rest, to experience excessive daytime sleepiness and to have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep.

 

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