Tag Archives: orthostatic intolerance

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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Comparing Exercise Advice

Exercise is an issue for every CFS patient, and there is no shortage of advice on whether and how to do it. On January 14th, the CDC hosted a conference call as part of its Patient Centered Outreach and Communication … Continue reading

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Insufficient Data

One of the most frustrating aspects of coping with CFS is the lack of definitive data. A PubMed search for “chronic fatigue syndrome” yields 4,877 results (as of today), but as a patient on the front lines I have to … Continue reading

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