I’m a girl from New York City, born and raised, with my own sense of style. I love music and fashion, but I also have a passion for politics and social justice. I am a strong advocate for equal rights and access to health. I am a dedicated writer and a hard worker, but most importantly, I am a human being who believes in what she believes in.
I am a very smart person and I am always learning something new. I am a very good listener and I have great empathy. I am a good person to be around, and I like making people laugh.
When I am with other people, I can be very funny and I love talking about my life and my work. When I am alone, however, I often become frustrated and overwhelmed because of my symptoms and the things I can’t do.
My symptoms include fatigue, a feeling of malaise and brain fog, along with other related problems such as joint pain and muscle weakness. This can lead to depression and anxiety, as well as other psychological effects such as irritability, insomnia, and poor concentration.
It is a chronic condition and it can have an impact on all areas of your life. You may have trouble finding employment, staying on top of your personal or professional responsibilities and getting out of the house, among other things.
ME/CFS is a complex illness that affects the nervous system and other body systems. It causes symptoms including fatigue, aches and pains, and sleep issues, but there is no known cause. It is a disease that affects anyone, regardless of age, gender or lifestyle, and it can be life-changing.
The diagnosis of ME/CFS is based on a person’s medical history and pattern of symptoms, but it can take time for the right diagnosis to be made. It is important that other diseases that can cause similar symptoms are ruled out before a ME/CFS diagnosis can be made.
This is an ongoing process that can take months or even years to complete. The most accurate diagnosis can only be made by a healthcare practitioner who has received specialised training on diagnosing ME/CFS.
Most medical practitioners use a diagnostic guideline called the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) criteria to diagnose ME/CFS. This guideline outlines what a medical practitioner should look for in a patient’s medical history and symptom profile.
ME/CFS can be difficult to diagnose and most people with the condition are not properly diagnosed, misdiagnosed or told they are not sick at all. This is because there is no specific laboratory test for ME/CFS and many other conditions can have similar symptoms.
There are no treatments for ME/CFS, but there are a range of strategies that can help to relieve some of the symptoms. Pacing and rest are the two most common techniques that can help to manage a person’s symptom severity.
ME/CFS is a debilitating, chronic, fluctuating illness that causes long-lasting, severe and widespread symptoms affecting multiple systems in the body. The symptoms of ME/CFS can vary greatly from person to person, and there are different diagnostic criteria used across the world. All of the current diagnostic criteria have post-exertional malaise as a defining feature. This is a global increase in symptoms following any type of exertion, which can delay recovery by 24 to 48 hours.