Association Québécoise de l’Encéphalomyélite Myalgique (AQEM)

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Association Québécoise de l’Encéphalomyélite Myalgique (AQEM) is a registered charity (No: 13556 3021 RR0001) and a community organization for ME/CFS run by volunteers for the Province of Quebec, Canada. It is recognized by the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Quebec which provides an annual grant in order to cover part of its operating costs. [1]

Mission[edit | edit source]

Français: Fondée en 1991, l’AQEM a pour mission de faire connaître et reconnaître l’encéphalomyélite myalgique / syndrome de fatigue chronique (EM/SFC) et d’aider les personnes atteintes.

English: Founded in 1991, AQEM's mission is to promote and recognize myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME / CFS) and help people living with the illness.

Aims[edit | edit source]

Français:

  • Informer et sensibiliser le public en général ainsi que les milieux de la santé et des services sociaux, les milieux juridiques et syndicaux, les organismes gouvernementaux, les employeurs et les enseignants;
  • Obtenir la reconnaissance de l’EM/SFC et des contraintes et invalidités qui en résultent ;
  • Aider les personnes atteintes à défendre leurs droits et à obtenir un suivi médical, des soins et des services appropriés, ainsi que des prestations et des indemnités équitables;
  • Accroitre la notoriété positionnant l’association comme une ressource incontournable en matière d’EM/SFC;
  • Promouvoir la recherche sur le diagnostic et le traitement de l’EM/SFC, en collaboration avec des organismes qui poursuivent le même objectif au Québec ou ailleurs.

English:

  • Inform and educate the general public and the health community and social services, legal and trade unions, government agencies, employers and teachers;
  • Obtain recognition of ME/CFS and the constraints and disabilities resulting therefrom;
  • Help people to defend their rights and to get medical attention, care and appropriate services and benefits and fair compensation;
  • Increase awareness by positioning the association as an essential resource for ME/CFS;
  • Promote research on the diagnosis and treatment of ME/CFS, in collaboration with organizations that pursue the same objective in Quebec or elsewhere.

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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.

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.

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

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