CFS/ME is a real disease regardless of who believes it or doesn't.
It is primarily an Organic Neurological Illness, but also affects different body organs and systems such as liver,cardiac,musculo-skeletal,endocrine,respiratory, and lympoid tissues.
Originally named ATYPICAL POLIOMYELITIS, it was renamed in 1956, to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis...and renamed again by the USA CDC to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the 1980's, when there was a huge outbreak in this country and world wide.
CFS/ME/CFIDS/Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome, or whatever one chooses to call it, is one in the same illness.
It is a loss of the central nervous systems ability to recieve, interpret, store and recover information.
It is also a loss of internal balance known as homeostasis, affecting cognitive, hormonal,cardiovascular,autonomic and sensory nerve communications, as well as visual and auditory balance ect.
More than 64 symptoms have been documented.
A person does not need to present with 64 symptoms to be diagnosed with this illness.
There is such a wide array of symptoms due to the fact that this illness affects each person differently while continuing to present with a general pattern of major symptoms.
It is associated ususally with a short onset or "triggering" illness
Onset ususally takes form of either or any combination of 1) Respiratory Illness-Like an Upper respiratory flu...very common...2)GI upset...like a stomach virus...very common...3) Vertigo/Dizziness....4) A severe meningitic type headache.
Onset is usually associated with low grade or subnormal temperatures, headaches and intermittent attacks of vertigo/dizziness.
EVIDENCE OF PREVIOUS IMMUNE INSULT (SUCH AS A RECENT IMMUNIZATION) IS FOUND REGULARLY IN BOTH EPIDEMIC AND SPORADIC CASES.
The second and the third phases of the illness are ususally always differrent in nature from the onset of the illness and becomes apparent within 1-4 weeks after the onset of the presumed infections and triggering illness.
It also depletes Immune Fuction leading in many cases to secondary infections that a person with CFS/ME cannot ward off. Secondary infections include other viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.
There are many myths associated with this illness and I am doing my best to clear them up.
There are many people in this forum alone having symptoms of CFS/ME. I had noticed it the first week in May of this year and tried helping as many people as I could. There were times I was insistent, and at times sarcastic. I was banned from this forum for 1 month as I was considered a "spammer" and had many people complain that I was giving advice where it was not wanted and was not believed.
I have CFS/ME. I live with most symptoms daily so I am able to easily recognize them. I write to the people who are asking for help, who exhibit these symptoms. I have an "official" diagnosis. I was actually told by the neurologist I saw for this diagnosis, that I was a very clear cut case of CFS.
If I offend anyone with my chronic chronic fatigue syndrome information, for that I apologize. It was after I realized that this disease is actually the after effects of viruses we all have had in our lives at on time or another, that I began to post the info to many people. After all, who hasn't had a stomach flu, a respiratory flu or vaccines?
I wish you all well and may you find your answers as well as peace and harmony in your lives.
Stick around, there's more to come...mommy cat:)
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