The Unpredictable Journey: A Survivor's Success Story
The Unpredictable Journey: A Survivor's Success Story by Fiona Macdonald chronicles the author's story about having and then recovering from Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Living with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
|Subject||Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome|
|Genre||Diseases & Physical Ailments and Memoir|
|Publisher||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform|
|Media type||print and digital|
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"The Unpredictable Journey" is a personal success story about having survived the trials and tribulations of the disease known as ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). It is a detailed and informative account of living with and overcoming this debilitating illness. Discover successful coping mechanisms and management strategies to ensure that you can live a full and happy life.
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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.
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.