285380_10151259358697161_652560662_nMay 12 is ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia International Awareness Day.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is characterized by substantial debility, which affects daily activities, and is accompanied by profound fatigue that is not relieved by rest. While varying by person, symptoms include post-exertional malaise, cognitive problems, unrefreshing sleep, and pain.

Researchers estimate that at least one million Americans have ME/CFS, but only 20% are diagnosed with the illness. Patients, families, employers, and society endure significant costs associated with ME/CFS. These costs are estimated to be $18-51 billion annually in the United States. Although most common in women, ME/CFS affects people of all ages, including children, and all races and ethnicities. Scientists have not determined the cause or causes of ME/CFS.

Source: Text: CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Image: Facebook

Fibromyalgia counts among its worldwide ranks approximately 210 million people. This year’s theme for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is “Your Voice Matters: You Make Fibromyalgia Visible.”

Source: Text: Pain Doctor: We Change Lives Here