Why ME

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Why ME? : My Journey from M.E. to Health & Happiness
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Author Alex Howard
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Medical, Biography
Genre Biography
Publisher Cherry Red Books (UK)
Publication date
2009
Media type print
Pages 250
ISBN 978-1901447712

Why ME? : My Journey from M.E. to Health & Happiness is a book by Alex Howard, a recovered British patient and founder of The Optimum Health Clinic.

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A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferer documents his fascinating healing adventure

An invaluable source of guidance and wisdom for anyone struggling with their health, facing a challenge that feels insurmountable, or searching for deeper meaning in their life, this book provides a wealth of information about healing mind, body, and soul. Alex Howard was a normal, happy teenager until just before his 16th birthday, when he began to experience strange, unexplained physical symptoms. In time he was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a severe illness that the medical profession has yet to offer an explanation or cure for. After spending two years bed-bound and developing clinical depression, Alex committed himself to finding a cure and returning himself to health and happiness. In this updated second edition, Alex shares the story of his ongoing journey since the first edition of Why Me? was published, including his adventures setting up an award-winning clinic specializing in ME which has now treated more than 5,000 patients. A detailed resource section includes transcripts of interviews with Alex and the clinic's other two directors, covering topics such as why orthodox medicine is so limited in treating ME, the clinic's model of ME, the three stages of the illness, explanations of their treatments, and tips that sufferers can follow.

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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.

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.

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