Thank you for your interest in learning more about CFIDS/M.E. I greatly appreciate your kind concern. This illness can be very overwhelming and quite tricky to explain! But here’s a peak into what it entails…
M.E. stands for myalgic (meaning muscular pain/aches) encephalomyelitis (meaning inflammation of the brain and spinal cord). It is a severe and debilitating chronic illness that affects multiple body systems and causes widespread pain. Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS) are also well-known names for this disease.
The CFIDS Association of America explains that,
Although its name trivializes the illness as little more than mere tiredness, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), brings with it a constellation of debilitating symptoms.
CFS is characterized by incapacitating fatigue (experienced as profound exhaustion and extremely poor stamina) and problems with concentration and short-term memory. It is also accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as pain in the joints and muscles, unrefreshing sleep, tender lymph nodes, sore throat and headache. A distinctive characteristic of the illness is post-exertional malaise, a worsening of symptoms following physical or mental exertion occurring within 12-48 hours of the exertion and requiring an extended recovery period.
The symptoms of CFS are highly variable and fluctuate in severity, complicating treatment and the ill person’s ability to cope with the illness. Most symptoms are invisible, which makes it difficult for others to understand the vast array of debilitating symptoms with which people with the illness must contend. (via CFIDS.org)
Other symptoms of this illness include digestive pain and dysfunction (mimicking IBS and leaky gut), Fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, Dysautonomia (including postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), nausea, dizziness, numbness, unpleasant tingling or prickling, lightheadedness, collapsing, heart-palpitations, brain-fogginess, and sensory sensitivity, blurred vision, low/high grade fevers, loss of appetite, feeling too hot/cold, sensitivity to heat, and severe headaches/migraines.
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