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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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.