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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Puts Central Florida Woman On A Mission To Help

Monday 18 June 2018


From US newspaper the Orlando Sentinel:


Mia (right) and Na Anderson
Mia Anderson, who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome,
with her mother, Na.
(Courtesy Anderson family)

Chronic fatigue syndrome puts Central Florida woman on a mission to help

By Mike Candelaria
May 11, 2018
Copyright © 2018, Orlando Sentinel

Mia Anderson knew something was wrong; she just didn’t know what. It was late 2014 and the sophomore pre-med student at the University of Florida was under typical exam stress, she thought.

It was more.

“My brain wasn’t working very well. I was confused,” said Mia, 23, who lives in Maitland. “I was having to put in a lot more effort than my peers. I was napping every other hour. I really didn’t know what was going on.”

It turned out that Mia, like at least 1 million people nationwide and maybe as many as 2.5 million, has myalgic encephalomyelitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). And very few answers.

It isn’t a rare disease. More people in the United States suffer from it than from multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy. There is, however, no type of bio-marker to diagnose the disease and no FDA-approved treatments.

Mia’s mother knew all about ME/CFS. After having children, Nancy Anderson was diagnosed with auto immune thyroid disease and “was never really well for 15 years while trying to raise children.” She finally learned it was ME/CFS after a visit to a specialist at Stanford University. She was put on a potent blend of antiviral and anti-inflammation medicines, which brought her functions from “45 to 85 percent,” said Anderson, a nurse whose husband, Mark Anderson, is a doctor.


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