Imagine living with a disease that renders you disabled and exhausted, unable to meet the physical demands of daily living. Now imagine that much of the medical establishment refused to believe your disease was "real" in the sense of a physical illness and failed to fund research into its true causes and treatment.
That's the situation of the more than 1 million people in the US living with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME/CFS. The disease causes crippling exhaustion, particularly after exercise, as well as pain, nonrestorative sleep, and other issues. It often, but not always, arises suddenly after an illness like the flu. Science still can't explain what causes it or offer useful treatments.
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