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PEM Vs PENE

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One has the widely despised word "malaise" in it. They both describe the same symptom of ME/CFS, but many people think "PENE" is a more accurate and precise name (myself included).
 
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PEM is Post Exertional Malaise

PENE is Post Exertional Neuroimmune Exhaustion from the ICC criteria:

A.Post exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENEpen-e):Compulsory

This cardinal feature is a pathological inability to produce sufficient energy on demand with prominent symptoms primarily in
the neuroimmune regions. Characteristics are as follows:

1. Marked, rapid physical and ? or cognitive fatigability in response to exertion,which may be minimal such as activities
of daily living or simple mental tasks, can be debilitating and cause a relapse.

2. Post exertional symptom exacerbation: e.g. acuteflu-like symptoms,pain and worsening of other symptoms.

3. Postexertional exhaustion may occur mmediately after activity or be delayed by hours or days.

4. Recovery period is prolonged,usually taking 24 h or longer. A relapse can last days,weeks or longer.

5. Low threshold of physical and mental fatigability (lack of stamina) results in a substantial reduction in pre-illness
activity level.

You can see the full text here:
http://www.meassociation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/ICC-FOR-ME-October-2011.pdf
 

svetoslav80

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This disease doesn't have luck with its medical terms. First this stupid sounding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, now PENE, which means penis in spanish, and I'm not sure if I should use it.
 

Seven7

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Hehehehe. We tried to play with the word on how to use it, had a good laugh, no matter how much you try, there is no way you can take anything you say seriously with the word w/o having a sexual connotation.