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US Woman Shares Her Battle With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Tuesday 6 October 2020


From US news outlet Click On Detroit:


Melanie Lusnak
Melanie Lusnak

Metro Detroit woman shares her battle with chronic fatigue syndrome

Melanie Lusnak shares her story

Steve Garagiola, Reporter/Anchor
Derick Hutchinson, Senior Web Producer
September 29, 2020
Copyright © 2020 is managed by Graham Digital and published by Graham Media Group, a division of Graham Holdings.

DETROIT – A Metro Detroit woman said she knew something was wrong, but for years, nobody knew how to fix what was going on. She shared her battle with chronic fatigue syndrome, saying the effects can be crushing.

Part of life is getting tired. You sit down and rest, take a nap or get a good night’s sleep. But there’s a major difference between being tired and crushing, debilitating fatigue.

Melanie Lusnak shared her story with Local 4, saying she wanted to do things, but it was like there was a 100-pound weight on her chest.

“I couldn’t move,” she said.

For years, that was daily life for Lusnak. She struggled for an answer.

“Am I lazy?” she said. “Why can’t I do this?”

She saw plenty of doctors who had no answers, and she got advice from well-meaning friends.

“(They told me to) go to bed, take a walk,” Lusnak said. “They mean well, but it makes it worse.”

“They’re frustrated, alienated,” said Dr. Joel Young, with the Rochester Center For Behavioral Medicine. “There are no clear answers.”

Young identified Lusnak’s challenge as chronic fatigue syndrome.


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