Breathing problems in ME/CFS

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Breathing problems or respiratory symptoms that may be caused by myalgic encephalomyelitis include:

  • air hunger,
  • laboured breathing, and
  • fatigue of the chest wall muscles[1]

These symptoms may also have other causes unrelated to ME.

Air hunger[edit | edit source]

Laboured breathing[edit | edit source]

Fatigue of the chest wall muscles[edit | edit source]

Symptom recognition[edit | edit source]

Prevalence[edit | edit source]

Treatment[edit | edit source]

The International Consensus Criteria for ME states that breathing exercises strengthen respiratory muscles.[1]

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References[edit | edit source]

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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