Reprinted with the kind permission of ME Research UK. This article first appeared in Breakthrough Magazine, Spring 2015.
Nervous system symptoms are as characteristic of ME/CFS as post-exercise malaise or muscle pain (myalgia). In historical publications on ‘epidemics’ of ME, symptoms consistent with central nervous system pathology were regularly reported, as Sir Donald Acheson pointed out in a review more than 50 years ago. And today, fatigue, non-refreshing sleep, short term memory impairments, sensitivity to variable stimuli like bright light and chemicals, and widespread... [Read More]
A combination of magnesium and malic acid tops the list of recommendations for easing pain and fatigue, especially for those with fibromyalgia or ME/CFS.
Magnesium (Mg) is one of the most important nut...
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International ME/CFS Awareness Day was originated by Tom Hennessy, an ME patient and staunch advocate who testified at numerous national and international ME/CFS conferences and m...
Dr. Lapp has written numerous articles on diverse subjects and has spoken widely, especially concerning Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia
Would a sleep study be useful? Q: I wake up each morning feeling tired, even though I have slept. Would a sleep study be useful?
A: There are at least four core symptoms in ME/CFS: pain, cognitive dysfunction, fatigue or post-exertional malaise, and non-restorative sleep. Thus, awakening unrefreshed is one of the cardinal symptoms of ME/CFS, and one of the last symptoms to resolve as one improves. You will probably wake up... [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]