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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is a disease of the nervous system and the immune system. Its hallmark symptom is post-exertional malaise, a severe worsening of symptoms after cognitive or physical exertion. Common symptoms of ME include: cognitive dysfunction, orthostatic intolerance, and unrefreshing sleep. Many patients will also have headaches, pain, muscle weakness or muscle fatigability, sensitivities to light, sound, touch, foods, odors, and an array of other symptoms. (more...)

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Graph showing the impact of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis compared to other chronic illnesses.

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