Let's hope that the Millions Missing ME movement will finally convince everyone of the seriousness of this overlooked disease and garner the respect and support that will allow its victims to resume their lives
I met Lilan when I moved to San Francisco to live with my father in the fourth grade. A sparkly-eyed, spry little girl with
The gravity of this moment in time feels hidden. I don't want to hide anymore.
But more action is needed. Will any of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee's recommendations be implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services?
In the holiday season, my thoughts are about those who suffer from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
Unfortunately, thanks to the cultural stereotype of the super-harried, super-drained superwoman, direct questions about energy and fatigue levels may not be asked during physicals, and patients, accustomed to incessant lethargy, forget to broach the topic altogether.
Why were two of the world's most eminent scientific researchers sitting down to munch their way through a plate of chili peppers, flavored with Tabasco sauce, setting their mouths on fire?
The real suffering is unseen; the real sufferers cannot make it to the table -- or dare not for fear that the outing will cost them later. The brave face can mask the deepest hurt.
For those patients who are desperate to find out why they're sick and how to restore normal life, Functional Medicine, the
You know that feeling when you're just so sleepy that your head lolls to the side and your eyelids seem as heavy as dumbbell
There is something elusive in the nature of the illness such that unless you live it, or live with and care for someone who does, it's almost impossible understand or describe. You might come close after decades of treating patients. At every turn, language fails.
Over the past two decades, chronic fatigue syndrome has won acceptance by the medical establishment. But much about the disorder -- its causes, its mechanisms in the body -- remain largely unknown.
It wasn't too hard to make, but it was a bit of a production. I'd do it again when the craving strikes. According to Tom
The argument that CFS is not related to the immune system may now be less stridently asserted. That would be real progress.
An economic analysis done for 11 northeast and mid-Atlantic states shows that a clean fuels standard (CFS) is a winning idea for the region.
Brain fog is a classic part of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, presenting as horrible short-term memory, difficulty with word finding and word substitution, and occasional disorientation.
New research suggests that statins might have a very helpful antiviral effect at high dose, and they may even hold promise as an effective new treatment for CFS and fibromyalgia.
Here are five common 'no no's' people mistakenly do when trying to manage fibromyalgia.
When you have CFS one of the greatest battles you fight are the ignorant smirks and expressed disbelief of those who think it's all in your head; that is, those that don't live with you and live the truth of CFS everyday.