Tired? Drained? Fatigued? Exhausted? Beat? Finished? Pooped?
Just what is the cause of Post Exertional Malaise?
What do we know about this chief symptom of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?:
It is a feeling of intense fatigue after exertion both physical and mental
Can last from a few days to several weeks, depending on the severity of one’s condition
Illicits feelings similar to having the ‘flu’. These include; muscle soreness/pain, fever, sore throat, the feeling of having cement for blood
Those of us with CFS/ME know these symptoms well. Post Exertional Malaise is the reason we must measure out our activities in part and parcel, and why we have to weigh the task against the inevitable drain on our energy reserves.Post Exertional Malaise is one of the chief markers of CFS/ME. Click To Tweet
What Is The Cause Of Post Exertional Malaise?
Possible issues with the immune system response: A study conducted attempted to link ‘poor muscle repair’ to the reason behind PEM after physical excercise. I personally think this one falls short…how do you explain PEM after emotional/mental stress?
It has also been suggested that damaged mitochondria could be the cause of PEM in CFS/ME. Mitochondria metabolize fatty acids and carbohydrates in order to generate energy. Thus, a deficiency within this system may be the cause of our ‘lack of energy’, and the fatigue we experience.
Research is currently being done that will hopefully shed light on the cause of Post Exertional Malaise in CFS/ME & Fibromyalgia.
If found, this could also serve as the bio marker for diagnosis, which would lead to the legitimacy of the disease within the medical community. Something we currently lack.
For now….Keep Counting Those Spoons!