Worried you have ‘chronic fatigue’? Here’s what to know

interesting – post-sepsis syndrome stuff

Fusion

What do Cher, Stevie Nicks, and Flea all have in common? Aside from all earning appearances on my “When Hormones Attack” playlist, they’ve all been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, also known as post-viral fatigue syndrome. Actually, chronic fatigue syndrome has a whole boatload of names, from neurasthenia to yuppie flu disease (not even joking).

Recently, the long-misunderstood condition has grabbed headlines thanks to a comprehensive report by the Institute of Medicine, arguing for the medical community to treat the condition as a physical disease, and not simply psychological one—as well as a new study that points to the illness’ biological roots. If you’ve heard the buzz and thought, Hey! I’m tired all the time! Maybe I have it! we’re here to help.

So wait, what is it?

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is actually a host of…

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