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Friday, 28 March 2014

From International Traveller to 43 Square Meters: An ME/CFS Story From Sweden

Read all of this story and tell me if you think there is even the slightest chance that this illness is not real, or that anyone would somehow choose this (given the life Anne had before becoming ill), as has been suggested by many ignorant (and self-interested) people, including those in the medical profession.

Oh and this sums the exercise / orthostatic intolerance conundrum up so well. 
With ME/CFS, the body seems to function in a sort of reverse pattern. Exercise, instead of building it up, breaks it down. With training, my muscles do not become stronger, but rather they become weaker, stiffer and even shakier. If I am up and about more, my dizziness gets worse, not better. And these are not one-off reactions that improve if I persevere through them. Though sounding backwards compared to normal, perhaps this is logical if we think of ME/CFS as an ongoing immunological reaction, as biomedical researchers view it today.
From International Traveller to 43 Square Meters: An ME/CFS Story From Sweden
Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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