Patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis are more than tired (or worse, sleepy). The unfortunate name chronic fatigue syndrome has misled doctors, researchers, and the public for too long. I never use the word tired to describe what I'm feeling. I say exhausted or if I'm feeling poetic, like I'm unplugged or like I slammed into a brick wall. Dr. Zaher Nahle, who unfortunately has left his position at Solve ME/CFS Initiative, understood this:
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