What is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis?

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Myalgic encephalomyelitis (also called chronic fatigue syndrome) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue. That fatigue can not be improved by rest, and it will worsen with physical or mental activity. Symptoms:
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
  • Unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise
Diagnosis: It can not be confirmed by a single test. You may need to exclude other problems that have the same symptoms by varieties of tests. Risk factors: Causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis are still unknown. But there are several risk factors.
  • Age:It mostly affects people in their 40s and 50s.
  • Sex:Women are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome much more often than men.
  • Stress:Difficulty managing stress affects the development of myalgic encephalomyelitis.
Treatment: No cure available currently. The aim of treatment is to relieve symptoms. The following methods may relieve your symptoms:
  • Acupuncture
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga
  • massage
But remember to consult your doctor before taking any action. Don’t hesitate to visit doctor if you have persistent or excessive fatigue.   Keywords: myalgic encephalomyelitis; symptoms; diagnosis; risk factors; treatment.
What needs to be done to help someone with this disease
Hi, Ruby, I don't think there is anything we can do to help them since there is no cure for this disorder. The possible treatments are shown by Madison above. Maybe financial support would be helpful.
They call it pacing which is figuring out your limits. The rare times we have energy we tend to over do it and then have post exertion malaise - overtired more debilitating pain and weakness. Which can leave one bedridden for days or weeks. So learning to limit ourselves keeps from exacerbating it.
Some people find medications used for Fibromyalgia help. Like Lyrica, pregabalin or Nuerontin, gabapentin may alleviate some symptoms. Tramadol has also been found to be affective in higher doses 50mg every 3 hours but can cause constipation so then they prescribe linzess to treat that.
Having tried many different treatments has taken years I have spine injury also and found the best thing that works for me is Fentanyl which now requires going to a pain clinic which is a long monthly drive for some, because of the abuse potential overly reported in the news, family physicians no longer prescribe it.