ME Awareness Month

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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Awareness Month or ME Awareness Day is on May each year, with May 12th being International ME Awareness Day[1][2]

ME Awareness Month theme[edit | edit source]

The color blue is used for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) awareness.[1]

Social media graphics[edit | edit source]

  • Facebook
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  • Profile pictures

Millions Missing protests[edit | edit source]

The Millions Missing protests are held worldwide every May, in addition to one-off events on different dates in the year. The #millionsmissing events use the colors red, white, and black, which are the colors of it's founding organization, the The MEAction Network.[2] Millions Missing originally began with worldwide protests on May 25th, 2016.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

ME Awareness Month was started in May 2006 by the British charity Invest in ME Research.[4][5]International ME Awareness Day, May 12th, was already well established by 2006, with ME Awareness Week being the week of May 12th each year.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.01.1 May 12th International Awareness Day (Apr 29, 2015). "CIND Illnesses". Retrieved May 16, 2020. 
  2. 2.02.1 CDC (May 11, 2020). "ME/CFS". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved May 16, 2020. 
  3. Millions Missing protests. "Press Release - #MillionsMissing Day of Protest on May 25th". #MEAction. Retrieved May 18, 2020. 
  4. Invest in ME Research. "ME Awareness Month 2018". www.investinme.org. Retrieved May 18, 2020. 
  5. Let's Do It for ME (Apr 27, 2019). "May ME Awareness Month". Let's Do It for ME. Retrieved May 18, 2020. 

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.

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.

Millions Missing - A global campaign, first led by #MEAction in May 2016, which aims to gain awareness, community, education, research, funding and treatment equality for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. The campaign uses the hashtag #MillionsMissing on Twitter.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a U.S. government agency dedicated to epidemiology and public health. It operates under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a U.S. government agency dedicated to epidemiology and public health. It operates under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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