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Fatigue Syndrome Exercise Therapy Loses NICE Recommendation

Monday 16 November 2020


From UK newspaper The Guardian:


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
had not revised guidelines for chronic fatigue syndrome
since 2007.
(Photograph: Letizia McCall/Getty Images)

Fatigue syndrome exercise therapy loses Nice recommendation

ME sufferers in England no longer advised by watchdog to try graded exercise therapy

By Natalie Grover, Science Correspondent
Tuesday 10 November 2020
© 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.

A controversial exercise technique used to manage chronic fatigue syndrome is no longer being recommended by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).

The decision to stop recommending graded exercise therapy (GET) – which involves incremental increases in physical activity to gradually build up tolerance – represents a crucial win for patient advocates who have long said the practice causes more harm than good.

Patient groups have argued that the use of exercise therapy suggests that those with chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as ME) have no underlying physical problem but are suffering symptoms due to inactivity.

“We have been so widely dismissed and had our suffering at the hands of this condition constantly diminished by the inappropriate and damaging guidance/notion that we can simply exercise or think our way out of a physical illness none of us asked for nor deserve,” said ME patient Glen Buchanan.


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