Working with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Clients: Update Podcast
This podcast is aimed at professionals who work with, or wish to learn more about, individuals with ME/CFS and is updated from the 2015 presentation. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is often referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and is a complex condition that is highly debilitating and disabling. In the absence of a diagnostic test and lack of a universally accepted case definition, defining ME/CFS remains challenging. This is compounded by heterogeneity in symptoms, and uncertainty regarding effective management or treatment. ME/CFS is characterised by extreme physical and mental fatigue, post-exertional malaise, joint and muscle pain, poor sleep, impaired immune system, gastrointestinal symptoms, and cognitive symptoms (e.g. poor concentration, memory loss). It’s also estimated that up to 75% of ME/CFS patients have Fibromyalgia, and approximately 25% may have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Sensitivities to chemicals, some foods and other stimuli are also common. The physiological basis of the fatigue is increasingly attributed to an underlying mitochondrial disorder and impaired autonomic responses are also implicated in ME/CFS. The causes of ME/CFS seem to include severe viral infections, severe stress and/or trauma and possible genetic predispositions.
The symptoms make treatment, assessment and exercise rehabilitation extremely difficult. Physical activity is actually contraindicated for clients who are severely ill. This webinar provides updated information regarding guidelines, management, appropriate modes of physical activity and current research directions.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 2 October 2019.
Presented by Associate Professor Suzanne Broadbent, PhD,BExSci(Hon), BEd
Dr Broadbent has a PhD in Exercise Science from Griffith University, Gold Coast, plus Bachelors of Exercise Science (Honours) and Education. Suzanne has been an Accredited Exercise Physiologist since 2008 and a member of ESSA since 2004. She is currently the Head of Program for Clinical Exercise Physiology at University of the Sunshine Coast. Suzanne’s research interests include exercise immunology, (specifically exercise effects on immune cell subsets and inflammatory markers) and exercise rehab interventions for cancer, ME/CFS, autoimmune conditions and complex chronic conditions. She is a member of the NHMRC Advisory Council for ME/CFS.
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