Invest in ME Conference 12: First Class in Every Way
OverTheHills wraps up our series of articles on this year's 12th Invest in ME International Conference (IIMEC12) in London with some reflections on her experience as a patient attending the conference for the first time.
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  1. Ember

    Ember Senior Member

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    By Jennie Spotila
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    Ember Senior Member

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    According to Jennie, “ME/CFS patients experience more than fatigue after exertion; we suffer from an exacerbation of all symptoms (including immune symptoms), and 'fatigue' is a completely inadequate word to describe the prostration and collapse.” She writes:
    However, the descriptions of post-exertional prostration or collapse vary. The CCC describes the tendency for other associated symptoms within the patient's cluster of symptoms to worsen during Post-Exertional Malaise and/or Fatigue:
    But symptom exacerbation, primarily in the neuroimmune regions, defines Post-Exertional Neuroimmune Exhaustion (PENE) according to the ICC:
    Such differences matter: “If PEM is equated to fatigue lasting more than 24 hours after exertion – which is reported by Gulf War veterans – the argument that post-exertional malaise is unique to ME/CFS falls apart.”
     
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    Actually, the argument might not fall apart even then. What if a large subset of GWI is in fact ME, just ME from particular triggers? If you go back through the epidemics, ME symptoms do seem to vary a bit, cluster by cluster.

    However I do think we need PEM/PENE biomarkers to be sure of anything.
     
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    I can't relate to the term "PEM," except as a warning sign.
     

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