Thorsons Health - M.E.: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Practical Guide

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Thorsons Health - M.E.: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A practical guide
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Author Anne Macintyre
Language English
Series Thorsons Health Series
Subject Patient guide
Genre Medical
Publisher Thorsons
Publication date
Media type print
Pages 426
ISBN 978-0722535394

Thorsons Health - M.E.: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A practical guide is a book by Dr. Anne MacIntyre with a foreword by Clare Francis.

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A practical guide to understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

M. E., commonly called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is an illness about which very little is understood. Doctors have difficulty identifying it, and then can often offer no solution other than bed rest.

Dr Anne MacIntyre suffered from M.E. for over 10 years. But she has used her medical expertise to understand the causes of M.E., to communicate the reality of the disease to her sceptical colleagues and, most importantly, has learned how to recover from it. This revised edition of her much acclaimed book gives clear and comprehensive guidelines on:

  • exercise, rest and relaxation
  • nutrition and supplements
  • coping with a change in lifestyle
  • managing depression
  • particular problems for women with M.E.
  • psychiatric approaches to the illness

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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.

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.

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