Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E) is a long term for a condition that you may already be familiar with by another name. There are many terms for this condition, both formal and informal, which can cause a great deal of confusion. The symptoms can also seem unclear, making it more difficult to diagnose this issue. Throughout this site, we’ll look at many aspects of ME to offer further information about the disorder.
The Many Names of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
There are many different names for a disorder that many people may not completely understand. These names may vary based on a variety of factors including region and time period. The disorder has been in existence for quite some time, but is still widely misunderstood due to these varying names and descriptions. Some may know the disorder by a completely different name, including Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, Iceland Disease, Akureyri Disease, and Tapanui Flu.
Another common name for M.E is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). This is a name for the disorder that is most widely known and most often used. It is also a name for the disorder that will be most often used on this site to discuss symptoms and treatments. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was the name given to ME as it refers to the most common and prevalent symptom of the disorder.
Noticing the Symptoms – Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
We’ll look further into the symptoms of ME on a separate page. There, you’ll find a list of some of the most prominent symptoms that may be associated with the disorder. However, it will quickly become clear that this is a disorder which is more difficult to diagnose than many others.
The symptoms are common and may be associated with any number of health issues. Fatigue is the most obvious symptom, but the disorder will not be diagnosed without first recognizing several other symptoms which must persist over a period of time.
Finding the Causes
We’ll also look at what might cause this disorder. This area of the disorder is the most widely misunderstood as little research has been done to determine how it is brought on. There are, however, several factors that are thought to have a connection with CFS.
These possible causes provide a list of risk factors that should be considered by anyone who is concerned about developing the disorder. The main potential causes include a weakened immune system, certain viruses and infections, low blood pressure, allergies, and nutritional deficiencies.
Seeking Treatment and Decreasing Risk
The treatment of CFS, like the causes, has not yet been determined. There is no defined treatment plan in place. However, there are some things that can be done to manage the symptoms. In addition, there are several things that can be done in order to reduce your risk of developing the disorder. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both mentally and physically, can be effective in fending off medical conditions.
Throughout this website, we’ll discuss many aspects of ME/CFS. The first step to preventing or treating a disorder is increasing your knowledge. Continue reading to be active in protecting your health.