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Experiences of Living with Severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Case Report

Three Cases of Severe ME/CFS in Adults

Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association, Quincy, MA 02269, USA
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Academic Editor: Kenneth J. Friedman
Healthcare 2021, 9(2), 215;
Received: 16 January 2021 / Revised: 9 February 2021 / Accepted: 10 February 2021 / Published: 16 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue ME/CFS – the Severely and Very Severely Affected)
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex, only partially understood multi-system disease whose onset and severity vary widely. Symptoms include overwhelming fatigue, post-exertional malaise, sleep disruptions, gastrointestinal issues, headaches, orthostatic intolerance, cognitive impairment, etc. ME/CFS is a physiological disease with an onset often triggered by a viral or bacterial infection, and sometimes by toxins. Some patients have a mild case and are able to function nearly on a par with healthy individuals, while others are moderately ill and still others are severely, or even, very severely ill. The cohort of moderately to very severely ill is often housebound or bedbound, has lost employment or career, and has engaged in a long, and often futile, search for treatment and relief. Here, we present three case studies, one each of a moderately ill, a severely ill, and a very severely ill person, to demonstrate the complexity of the disease, the suffering of these patients, and what health care providers can do to help. View Full-Text
Keywords: myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME); chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); severe ME/CFS; very severe ME/CFS; post-exertional malaise (PEM) myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME); chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); severe ME/CFS; very severe ME/CFS; post-exertional malaise (PEM)
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Williams, L.R.; Isaacson-Barash, C. Three Cases of Severe ME/CFS in Adults. Healthcare 2021, 9, 215.

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Williams LR, Isaacson-Barash C. Three Cases of Severe ME/CFS in Adults. Healthcare. 2021; 9(2):215.

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