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    Default A Primer on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Courtney Craig
    January 12, 2015

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS, is a serious illness with a terrible name.


    CFS has been described as the flu that never goes away. Throughout the rest of the world, CFS is more accurately named Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or ME. Many patients and clinicians have now adopted the combined term ME/CFS, with the belief that the name Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has the potential to cause harm to patients (1). Labeled with this diagnosis, patients are frequently dismissed from doctor's offices under a psychiatric cloud, or erroneously told to exercise back to health. However, the defining characteristic of ME/CFS that differentiates it from other conditions, depression included, is post-exertional malaise. A simple bout of mental or physical activity can trigger flu-like symptoms in patients with lasting effects.

    Imagine a trip to the mailbox being enough to confine you to bed for the rest of the day ... or longer.

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    Default Re: A Primer on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Increasingly, I'm gaining a real appreciation for just how devastating CFS can be. The description: "It's like having the flu that never goes away...or....a trip to the mailbox is enough to send you to bed for the rest of the day" really registers with me. I've known about the condition for years, but just never really appreciated how "all-consuming" it could be.

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