Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
A woman from Bengaluru has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court to stop her Noida-based friend, who has been suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since 2014, from travelling to Europe to undergo a physician-assisted euthanasia.
- Also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is a serious and debilitating disease that affects the nervous system, the immune system and the body’s production of energy.
- Experts have suggested that the term can trivialize the severity of the illness.
- In a 2015 report, the US Institute of Medicine proposed the term systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).
- Its causes are still unknown.
- However, the potential triggers would include viral or bacterial infection, hormonal imbalances and genetic predispositions.
- There is no specific test for the disease, and doctors have to rely on medical examinations, blood and urine tests.
- ME/CFS can affect anyone, from children to adults of all ages.
- According to the CDC, it’s more common in women and people between 40 and 60 years old.
- As of yet, there is no specific cure or approved treatment.