Tag Archives: orthostatic intolerance

Bottom of the Ramp

In aggregate, 2017 turned out to be the biggest year of ME/CFS funding at NIH ever. But when I scratched the surface, I found bad news buried within the superficially good news. We are still at the bottom of the … Continue reading

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Unrest: Movie Review

Spoiler alert: This review discusses some specific scenes from Unrest. Edited to add: No, really! There are SPOILERS here! If you want to see and experience the film with a blank slate, then go see the film and come back … Continue reading

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2016 NIH Spending on ME/CFS Studies

When I analyzed NIH’s spending on ME/CFS studies in Fiscal Year 2015, I concluded: The bottom line is that NIH is going to have to do a lot more than say that they are serious about focusing on ME/CFS. NIH … Continue reading

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Tasha

There are many beautiful, powerful images from the September 27th Millions Missing protests. My friend Tasha spoke at the #MillionsMissing New York City event, and I’m proud to share her comments with you here. Hi, my name is Tasha and … Continue reading

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Case Definition Bingo

Our disease is plagued by too many case definitions, with the Institute of Medicine’s Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID) being the most recent. Our federal agencies are thus far continuing the agnostic position of accepting whatever case definitions are proposed … Continue reading

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IOM: The Big Day

On February 10th, the Institute of Medicine committee will release its report Beyond ME/CFS: Redefining an Illness. The release event will be webcast at 11am Eastern. The report contents are under embargo until the release, although rumors are flying about … Continue reading

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Draft Systematic Review is UP

The draft systematic evidence review on the Diagnosis and Treatment of ME/CFS has been published. This review is extraordinarily important because it is being presented to the P2P Panel in a closed door session any day now. This review will … Continue reading

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IV Saline: Magic Juice

Back in March, I started an experiment with IV saline. Four months in, I have learned a lot about how and when the treatment helps me. IV saline has been used to treat orthostatic intolerance for many years*, and some … Continue reading

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Infused

I’m beginning a new experiment: IV saline. Regular saline infusions have been used by many ME/CFS patients to cope with orthostatic intolerance for years, but I’ve never taken them regularly. Yesterday, I received the first of four weekly treatments. How … Continue reading

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Heart Rate and Beta Blockers

Beta blockers are routinely prescribed to ME/CFS patients who have orthostatic intolerance. But because of the medication’s effects on heart rate, it can be challenging to incorporate heart rate monitoring into the picture. After some uncertainty, I have managed to … Continue reading

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