What is ME?
ME (myalgia encephalitis) or chronic fatigue syndrome is a disabling
disease that has finally been recognized by the World Health
Organization as a disease of the nervous system. It also affects the
immune and endocrine systems, even though some doctors still consider
it to be all in the sufferer’s head.
The main symptoms include some or all of the following: profound,
persistent and unexplained physical and mental fatigue, which reduces
activity levels; malaise or fatigue after exertion; loss of mental and
physical stamina; problems with sleep, including disturbances in
rhythm; pain; a variety of neurological and cognitive manifestations,
like memory loss; muscle weakness; autonomic nervous system problems
(such as bladder dysfunction or heart palpitations); lightheadedness;
abnormal body temperature; intolerance of heat and cold; tender lymph
nodes; recurrent flu-like symptoms; and sensitivities to chemicals,
food or medication. Several researchers believe that ME is a new
variety of polio.
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