ME and CFS in popular culture

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Common stereotypes[edit | edit source]

Three common but incorrect stereotypes are express across many media:

  1. Patients are just tired, like everyone else gets, or lazy.
  2. Or conversely, that patients are ambitious overachievers, burnouts
  3. Patients are hypochondriacs and attention seekers.

The primary misconception behind these stereotypes is that patients are not simply tired, they are severely sick & disabled.

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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.

The information provided at this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness.
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