Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

Heard of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis? This long-term illness causes extreme fatigue and sleep programs but is often called an “invisible” disease because usually the only thing noticeable is the person’s “pallor.” ME/CFS affects an estimated 836,000 to 2.5 million individuals in the United States (including children), although most have not been officially diagnosed. On “bad” days, those with the illness may feel so weak and exhausted that they can’t go to doctor appointments, for example, or go to or function at school.

Find out more about ME/CFS in this new fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three versions are available: one for parents and guardians, another for healthcare professionals, and a third for education professionals.