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Medscape Rocks The IACFS/ME Conference
Wednesday 23 November 2016
Medscape Rocks the IACFS/ME Conference
Medscape isn't just any online medical resource; it's a highly respected website aimed at medical professionals. How sweet it's been then to see Miriam Tucker blast out three articles on the IACFS/ME Conference thus far.
Post-Exertional Malaise Takes Center Stage
Tucker, an astute reporter who's covered chronic fatigue syndrome several times before, probably knocked many medical doctors right between the eyes in her first article when she asserted that post-exertional malaise, not fatigue, was the core symptom of the disease.
Notice how Tucker completely recontextualizes this disease in her first paragraph by mentioning PEM first, and then speaking about ME/CFS in light of it.
"New research focused on the phenomenon of post-exertional malaise (PEM) is shedding light on the etiology of the illness that has been known as chronic fatigue syndrome."
Suddenly, ME/CFS is not just about tired people; it's about people who experience the "the phenomenon of post-exertional malaise" when they engage in activity. That put a whole different light on ME/CFS. If the docs didn't didn't get it about fatigue, PEM and ME/CFS from that, Tucker made sure they did with this:
"The name 'chronic fatigue syndrome' is being phased out not just because it is viewed as trivializing a condition that renders many patients completely or nearly bedbound but also because it gives the misleading impression that the illness is characterized simply by prolonged unexplained fatigue."
Tucker buttressed her claim that exertion and its effects are the key problems with findings from studies presented at the conference indicating that exercise alters cytokine levels, impairs cognition, alters brain functioning, increases lactate levels and results in inhibited heart rate increases.
Exercise studies are finally coming into their own in chronic fatigue syndrome; in no other disease do they hold such a pivotal place in explaining what is going on. That fact, alone, should give many naysayers pause.
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