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What is ME/CFS?

ME/CFS can be mild, medium or severe. As seen in this photo, some have a severe case and are tube-fed and sensitive to light.

What Are the ME/CFS Symptoms?
Myalgic encephalomyelitis is a neurological disease identified in the U.K. in the 1950s after an outbreak at the Royal Free Hospital. "Chronic fatigue syndrome" is the name given a disease after U.S. outbreaks were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the 1980s. Most researchers now recognize these outbreaks are of the same disease, and the two terms are often used interchangeably or together.

The disease has also been called:

  • chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome
  • myalgic encephalopathy
  • post viral fatigue syndrome
  • Iceland disease
  • Royal Free disease
And many other labels. This is why ME/CFS has been referred to as "the disease with a thousand names."

The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained in these topics is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Last update: February 10, 2014
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