What is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)?


ME is a common disease that affects more than 250,000 people in the UK and one million in the USA. It is a neurological condition and has no known cause or cure. It can be difficult to diagnose. Symptoms vary greatly from person to person and a diagnosis may take several years. The diagnosis is based on a combination of symptoms, medical history and physical tests.

Despite the best efforts of the medical community, the vast majority of people with ME are not diagnosed, misdiagnosed or simply dismissed as being healthy. As a result, many people with ME live with an inaccurate diagnosis for years or even decades.

It is important that patients have a diagnosis as soon as possible. It can make a big difference to how well you feel and how much support you can get. If you think you or someone you know has ME, talk to your doctor or contact a local ME organisation.

The condition is also often referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). These are the abbreviations for the disease and they are used in most countries to describe this disabling disorder.

ME/CFS is a complex and long-term disorder that affects the brain, muscles, digestive system, immune and cardiovascular systems. It affects people of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. It can make it hard for people to work, go to school and lead a normal life.

Treatment is focused on relieving symptoms and improving function. It can include medication, exercise and psychotherapy. Pacing, rest and self-care are the most important strategies for reducing the impact of symptoms on daily life.

Some people with ME experience a rapid relapse of their symptoms called a ‘PEM’ after activity. This can happen immediately after an intense session of activity, or more slowly over time as the disease progresses.

PEM can be triggered by physical activity, stress or anxiety, eating, drinking or sleeping. It can also be triggered by illness or infections. In particular, viruses such as glandular fever or Epstein-Barr virus are thought to trigger ME. However, other illnesses such as viral meningitis and labyrinthitis have also been linked to the development of ME/CFS.

It is also possible to have a relapse without any obvious cause. This can happen for weeks or months after a positive test and can have very severe symptoms and impacts on your quality of life.

The condition is caused by an inflammatory response in the central nervous system. This process can involve the brain or spinal cord, but it is not known whether this is the main reason for ME/CFS.

More research is needed to find out what causes ME/CFS and how it develops. Some studies suggest that some people may have different genes which mean they are more likely to be prone to developing this condition, and that the condition could be triggered by a particular infection. In addition, some people may have a ‘fluctuating illness’ where their symptoms are better and worse at different times.

The Different Types of Love


Love is one of the most intense emotions humans can feel. It’s the opposite of hate, and it can be the most rewarding emotion for some people, but it can also be a source of pain or distress for others.

Biologically, we are hard-wired to be in love with one another and to form strong attachments. We can feel this type of affection toward people like our parents, siblings, and pets as well as for romantic partners and friends.

When you’re in love, it’s important to be able to trust that your partner is safe with you and will always be there for you no matter what. This is not something that comes easily or quickly, and it is a sign of genuine love.

Relationships are not perfect, and you’ll probably have disagreements with your partner at some point. However, when you are truly in love with your partner, you will be willing to compromise and work things out to make your relationship better. You will make sacrifices for your partner and put their needs above your own.

The best love relationships are the ones where you are giving a lot of yourself without expecting anything in return. It’s a way of being with your partner that makes you feel good and is a great example to others.

Spiritually speaking, there are many different types of love that we can experience. Some of these are based on religion, while others are based on personal philosophy and psychology.

There are even some spiritual beliefs that suggest love is more than just a feeling. For instance, Hindu philosophers have written about a number of different forms of love.

Bhakti, which means devotion or worship of a god, is the most common form of love that Hindus practice. It involves selfless giving and includes acts of kindness, compassion, and mercy.

Pragma, which means commitment, is another important form of love that many Hindus practice. This kind of love is a deep bond between two people that develops over a long period of time and takes a lot of work to establish.

This is the kind of love that will keep you on your toes, and it can be hard to understand at first because it can be so overwhelming. But once you get to know someone, you will see that they are really there for you and are committed to your wellbeing.

While we are all different, there is a universality to love that is present throughout all cultures and societies. While there may be some debates about whether it is a choice, whether it is permanent or fleeting, or whether it is biologically programmed or culturally indoctrinated, there is no denying that love is a powerful force in the world.