ME Association

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The ME Association is a British patient charity formed in 1976. Its patrons include His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, Countess of Mar, Professor Peter Behan and the Right Honourable John Bercow PC MP (Speaker of The House of Commons).[1] Its medical advisor is Doctor Charles Shepherd, who is a patient.

The ME Association publishes news and information about ME/CFS.

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Ramsay Research Fund[edit | edit source]

The ME Association funds and operates the Ramsay Research Fund which funds biomedical research into the disease.[2]

Purple Booklet[edit | edit source]

The ME Association publishes its purple booklet which is a guide to clinical management of the disease for patients and doctors.[3]

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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.

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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