Leila Pahlavi

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Princess Leila Pahlavi (March 1970 - 10 June 2001) was the youngest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, and his third wife, Farah Pahlavi. She reportedly lived with myalgic encephalomyelitis along with anorexia nervosa and depression.

Illness[edit | edit source]

It is not clear when exactly Pahlavi was diagnosed with ME, although by her late twenties she had begun to complain to her friends of headaches, muscle pain, joint pain, and chronic fatigue.[1] She concurrently suffered from anorexia nervosa and depression.[2] Her body became weakened as a result of her anorexia, bulimia,[3] severe stomachaches[1] and various food intolerances.[2] Although her death at age 31 was initially attributed to myalgic encephalomyelitis,[4] her autopsy revealed that she had overdosed on seconal, a highly addictive drug she was prescribed to treat her chronic insomnia. Traces of cocaine were also found in her system.[1]

Her father died of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, which has been associated with ME.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Burke, Jason (Oct 14, 2001), Death of a princess, theguardian.co.uk, retrieved Nov 6, 2016 
  2. 2.02.1 Hewitt, Bill (Jul 16, 2001), Burden of Grief, people.com, retrieved Nov 6, 2016 
  3. Tweedie, Neil (Jul 26, 2001), Shah's daughter stole to fuel her drug habit, Telegraph.co.uk, retrieved Nov 6, 2016 
  4. (2001-06-12), Obituaries, Leila Pahlavi; Deposed Shah's Daughter, LA Times, retrived 2016-11-06

myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

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