If you have recently been diagnosed with ME/CFS, you are hungry for information. While it is a difficult path to live with ME/CFS you can adapt and live a satisfying, meaningful life.
ME/CFS impacts people across a spectrum of severity. ME/CFS is a relapsing and remitting condition, which means that there may be periods of severe symptom severity interspersed with periods of relative wellness. It is not necessarily a progressive disease. All people who have ME/CFS must have what is called a “cardinal” symptom – which is complete exhaustion after exertion. This is called “post-exertional malaise” or PEM.
ME/CFS emerges following a major stress on the cells of the body – by infection or virus, or toxins, or other triggers. A common trigger in Canada appears to be Epstein Barr Virus (Mononucleosis). It also appears that ME/CFS has a genetic component for many sufferers. There are subsets of ME/CFS that are being investigated by researchers. As there are subsets of ME/CFS, there is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment.
For practical tips, read: 10 Things to Focus on When Newly Diagnosed with ME/CFS