What is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis?

Q:
What is myalgic encephalomyelitis?

A:
Myalgic encephalomyelitis (also called chronic fatigue syndrome) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue. That fatigue can not be improved by rest, and it will worsen with physical or mental activity.

Symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
  • Unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise

Diagnosis:

It can not be confirmed by a single test. You may need to exclude other problems that have the same symptoms by varieties of tests.

Risk factors:

Causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis are still unknown. But there are several risk factors.

  • Age:It mostly affects people in their 40s and 50s.
  • Sex:Women are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome much more often than men.
  • Stress:Difficulty managing stress affects the development of myalgic encephalomyelitis.

Treatment:

No cure available currently. The aim of treatment is to relieve symptoms. The following methods may relieve your symptoms:

  • Acupuncture
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga
  • massage

But remember to consult your doctor before taking any action.

Don’t hesitate to visit doctor if you have persistent or excessive fatigue.

 

Keywords: myalgic encephalomyelitis; symptoms; diagnosis; risk factors; treatment.

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