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Do You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Wednesday 20 September 2017


From NextAvenue:


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Do You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

By Edmund O. Lawler
September 18, 2017
© Twin Cities Public Television - 2017. All rights reserved.

Despite a profound and persistent fatigue that struck when he was 40 and lasted through his 50s and into his 60s, Leonard Jason, a psychology professor at DePaul University in Chicago, is a remarkably productive scholar at 68. He has published 700 scientific articles and has written or edited 27 books.

He doesn’t consider himself fully recovered and is careful to manage his energy. But Jason has come a long way from his darkest days, when he had to take medical leave from his tenured position for more than a year.

Upon his return, he could only work an hour a day before slowly building back up to eight hours. “I had a chronically sore throat and all the typical viral symptoms you could imagine. It was like the worst case of the flu you could have,” Jason says.

If there was a silver lining to his suffering, it was discovering a new line of research for him: chronic fatigue. As he convalesced from the crippling fatigue that apparently arose from a case of mononucleosis, Jason began reading about long-term fatigue. Today, he’s one of the nation’s leading authorities, particularly a mysterious, often misunderstood medical condition called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). (Another proposed name for the illness: systemic exertion intolerance disease, or SEID.) There is no known cause or effective treatment for the illness.


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