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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is complex, chronic neuroinflammatory illness, which impacts systems throughout the body.
Myalgia = Muscle Pain
Encephalo = Brain
Myelo = Spinal Cord
ME has also been referred to as ME/CFS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Systemic Exertional Intolerance Disease (SEID), or Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS). A debilitating chronic illness, ME can strike suddenly or slowly creep up on adults and children, male and female, often lingering for years. It can leave its victims unable to work or take care of themselves or their families.
The cause of ME is not yet known. There could be a number of factors which contribute to the onset of the illness, but evidence suggests an immune system dysfunction, possibly triggered by viral infection(s).