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A 31-year-old female asked:

how rare is m. e.? who is more prone to getting it?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Uncommon: Myalgic encephalomyelitis is an injury to the central nervous system often initiated by infectious diseases (virus, etc.), or by chemicals over stimulating the immune system. It is a multi-system disease, affecting the neurological and immune, musculoskeletal, endocrine (hormonal) and cardiovascular systems.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

How does cfs usually begin?

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Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lal answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Multiple factors: Many times you can not pin point one cause. Most commonly some illness specially viral, or stress related disorders, ptsd also leads to cfs. Nutritional def, lack of exercise, can also contribute to this condition.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How long can cfs last?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Depends...: If by 'cfs' you mean chronic fatigue syndrome then it depends on how motivated you are to be 'cured'. You have to eat right, drink plenty of water; and above all else, exercise! whether if is a walk, swim, yoga, bicycle the only patients i know who beat cfs do as much of the above as they can...But it does take time so do not give up hope...You can do it!
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the specific treatments available for cfs?

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Dr. Robert Dudley
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: There are many treatments available for chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs). The starting point is healthy diet and exercise. Cognitive behavioral therapy has shown benefit. Some medications that are frequently used to treat the condition include olmifon, Provigil other stimulants such as Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and antidepressants. Alternative treatments including acupuncture may help some patients.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How does one live with cfs?

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Dr. Michael Silverman
Specializes in Infectious Disease
2 treatments: 2 treatments have been shown to help pts with cfs- modest exercise programs - increase as best as possible but attempt to be consistent- and psychotherapy.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What can you do to cope with cfs?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Relaxation technique: Try meditation, deep breathing, visualization, massage and acupuncture. All can help reduce your symptoms of fatigue and pain.

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