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August 22, 2019 – Montréal, Québec – Canadian Institutes of Health Research
It is estimated that more than 580,000 Canadians live with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), formerly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME/CFS.
This poorly understood, multi-system disease is debilitating and can strike individuals of all backgrounds and at any age.
Patients experience symptoms including unrelenting exhaustion following mild physical and cognitive activity that is not relieved by rest; muscle and joint pain; headaches; inability to remain standing due to sudden drops in blood pressure; and poor sleep quality. The cause is not fully understood, there are no diagnostic tests available, and there is currently no cure.