There is no specific cure for ME, although some people can find relief from certain medications. However, the disease is not rare, and one million Americans are believed to have it. While it tends to affect women more than men, it can affect people of all ages, including adolescents and children as young as ten. Because ME is so difficult to diagnose, it’s difficult to determine the exact prevalence of the condition.
ME, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, is a condition characterized by a deterioration of the body’s energy metabolism and neurological systems. The disorder often occurs following an infection. Around 75% of people with ME are unable to work. This illness can also be caused by certain viruses and bacterial infections.
Treatment for ME/CFS depends on the severity of the symptoms. In some cases, recovery may take hours or days, while in others, recovery may take weeks or months. In the meantime, symptoms can continue. A common symptom is persistent and profound fatigue. Treatments for this condition include medication and symptomatic treatments.
Self-management is an important part of treating ME/CFS, as simple changes can make a significant impact on mobility and energy. It’s crucial to take time to relax and rest. Taking time to plan your time can help you build a picture of how you spend your energy, and you can begin to identify patterns of your symptoms.
The causes of ME/CFS are unknown, and researchers are working to discover a treatment for the disease. The condition develops gradually over months or years. It may be triggered by a bacterial or viral infection, such as an influenza virus. It is not always diagnosed right away and requires a physician to exclude other diseases.