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Wednesday, 13 May, 2020

International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 2020: Characteristics of two similar conditions – Firstpost

You might think it’s odd that two diseases like myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) share the same International Awareness Day, observed on May 12 every year. But the fact is, ME/CFS and FM have too much in common, and usually co-occur.
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What they have in common

According to a study published in QJM: An International Journal of Medicine in 2013, both ME/CFS and FM are “medically unexplained illnesses, predominantly of women, characterized by disabling fatigue and by widespread pain with tenderness, respectively.” Since these diseases often co-occur and have a similar psychogenic process of symptom amplification (the psychological tendency to misconstrue the significance of normal physical sensations like pain or fatigue), many researchers and medical professionals consider them to be a single syndrome instead of two separate ones.

Click here to read full article https://www.firstpost.com/health/international-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-fibromyalgia-awareness-day-2020-characteristics-of-two-similar-conditions-8358771.html

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