This Health Condition Has No Cure, and is More Common Than Previously Thought

If you have experienced severe exhaustion, the inability to do activities which you had no problem doing previously and which cannot be relieved through sleep or rest, sleep problems, brain fog, and some form of generalized pain, and if you notice that these symptoms get worse after doing some physical or mental activity, then you might be having myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome.

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 3.3 million Americans are experiencing CFS, but they have mostly been told that they are either hypochondriacs or are misdiagnosed with anxiety or depression.

The study has also shown that the condition was more common in women than in men, and in white people than in other ethnic groups. However, it does debunk the notion that the condition was a "rich white woman's disease".

The gap between men and women was only slight, and the difference between white and Black people was small or negligible. The study also indicated that poor people reported having the syndrome more than rich people, and this could be due to lack of access to health care.

Dr. Brayden Yellman believes that CFS may be similar to long COVID, or the presence of chronic health problems experienced over a protracted period of time. Since there is no cure as of yet, a mix of infusions and medications have been found to relieve the symptoms.

So, if you feel that you are experiencing symptoms of CFS, one of Yellman's patients suggests to tell the ER that you have long COVID, instead of CFS. It will make it faster to get treatment that way.

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