Reprinted with the kind permission of ME Research UK.
In the historical literature, the hallmark of myalgic encephalo-myelitis (ME) was marked muscle fatigability often in response to minor degrees of exercise. Muscle cramps, fasciculations (twitching) and extreme muscle tenderness were also common findings.
As Dr Melvin Ramsay said in the Postgraduate Medical Journal in 1978, “This was sometimes obvious as the patients winced even on light palpitation of the affected muscle; but much more frequently it took the form of minute foci of muscle tenderness which had to be... [Read More]
In September 2013, the IOM was contracted by HHS to devise a new definition for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), the current CDC definition being considered too broad. It was also charged with providing a new n...
Dr. Podell is a clinical professor at New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with special interests in CFS & Fibromyalgia
What is the difference between narcolepsy and CFS? Q: What is the difference between narcolepsy and CFS?
A: Narcolepsy is a neurological condition where people have severe daytime sleepiness despite having had a reasonable amount of sleep. People with narcolepsy typically are asleep within less than eight minutes after lying down. Or they can fall asleep suddenly without intending to.
People with narcolepsy do not typically suffer... [more]
The Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) and Your Disability Insurance Benefits
People with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) face many challenges when pursuing their claim for long term disability insurance benefits, and the Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is one of them. The Functional Capacity Evaluation is a bad test for anyone who is disabled – but for people suffering from Fibromyalgia or CFS, it’s often a complete disaster.
Disability insurance companies have terminated benefits based on the results of the FCE, so... [more]