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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or as it is more commonly known in the U.S., Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is a disease that affects all of the major physiological systems in the body. It is typically chronic, lasting years, sometimes decades, and is often preceded by an infection that resembles the flu. In teens the most common trigger is mononucleosis. Patients with this disease are usually healthy before falling ill and can frequently pinpoint exactly when their illness began.

Support groups are invaluable resources for patients and caregivers. There is nothing like sharing an experience to help mitigate some of the isolation a chronic illness causes. There is also no better source of information on where to find helpful clinicians and clinics.

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