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COVID-19 May Cause Hallmark ME/CFS Post-Exertional Malaise

Thursday 28 May 2020


From The Mighty (via Yahoo! News):


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Blonde, white woman laying face down on a bed

COVID-19 May Cause Hallmark ME/CFS Post-Exertional Malaise

The Mighty Staff
May 27, 2020
© 2020 The Mighty & Yahoo! News.

What you should know: On Sunday, Autostraddle senior writer Heather Hogan posted an update on Facebook about her recovery from COVID-19. She’s on her 10th week of symptoms, and she shared one of the most debilitating right now is post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS), the twin of post-exertional malaise people with ME/CFS experience.

This fatigue I’m talking about, which isn’t just feeling tired or sleepy, but like there’s no bones in my body and gravity is pushing down extra hard on me, to the point that I can’t lift my arms above my head. — Heather Hogan

I'm entering week ten of COVID symptoms. My first few weeks played out in the mild respiratory way, which was mild only…

Posted by Heather Hogan on Monday, May 25, 2020

The Frontlines: COVID-19 causes a wide range of symptoms, and lingering post-viral fatigue seems to be another among those who have more mild cases of the virus. This type of fatigue, which most often occurs after exerting any kind of energy (as little as eating a bowl of oatmeal), is also a hallmark symptom of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).


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