Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Basics Series #2
Being physically active is supposed to give you an energy boost. Sleep experts caution against exercising within a couple of hours of bedtime because it'll keep you awake. So when someone has no energy, like in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), shouldn't they try exercising more?
It seems logical that they should, but exercise can make people with ME/CFS worse instead of better.
This condition involves something called post-exertional malaise. It's a major upswing in symptom severity after exertion. For some people, that might be a day of work at a desk. For others, it might be a shower or walking to the mail box.
Multiple research teams have been working to figure out exactly what's behind this system. So far, they've found differences in the blood and in genetic expression after exercise compared to healthy people. Some researchers believe post-exertional malaise hold the key to the much-sought-after diagnostic test for ME/CFS.
- ME/CFS Basics #1: What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
- Normal Fatigue vs. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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