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Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disease that causes you to feel so ill that you can't do your normal daily activities. Sleeping problems occur along with extreme fatigue that doesn't get better with rest. Any kind of activity often makes your symptoms worse. This is called post-exertional malaise. You may have other symptoms like problems with thinking.
How severe ME/CFS is varies from person to person.
Your doctor can prescribe medicines that can help ease your symptoms. Your doctor can also help you learn to manage your energy. This can help you be as active as possible without overdoing it and causing your symptoms to get worse.
Another name for this condition is systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Here are some steps you can take to control and sometimes relieve your ME/CFS symptoms.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Adaptation Date: 2/25/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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