The ME/CFS Myth | Medical News Bulletin

Recent research by the US National Institute for Health (NIH) has shed light on the biology of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). ME/CFS is a complex condition with extreme fatigue as a common symptom, and it has been underrecognized and underdiagnosed. There have been myths surrounding ME/CFS, including the belief that it is a psychiatric condition and that vigorous exercise can treat it. However, the recent NIH study found a possible biological basis for post-exertional malaise in ME/CFS, and it concluded that vigorous exercise is unhelpful. This new understanding can influence the treatment of ME/CFS in the future.

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