Shepherd ME/CFS Disability Scale

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The Shepherd ME/CFS Disability Scale is a symptom scale created by Dr. Charles Shepherd. It was adapted from the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) which is used for patients with multiple sclerosis, (MS) and was originally printed in Living with M.E.: The Chronic, Post-viral Fatigue Syndrome.[1]

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  1. Shepherd, Charles, Dr. Living with M.E.: The Chronic/post-viral Fatigue Syndrome. London: Vermilion, 1999. pp 116-117. ISBN 0-09-181679-3. Print.

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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