PVFS - News

Christmas Frustrated - (February 2012) Dani Christmas has been leaning on her mentor Dame Kelly Holmes more than ever recently, as she battles to run at all this season.  The middle-distance runner from Horley has suffered a second bout of an illness that is in the chronic fatigue category and will, as a result, miss this weekend's UK Indoor Championships.  The Crawley AC member suffered with the condition last summer but felt she had a great chance of attaining her target of reaching the indoor world championships in March. But now she is having to take an enforced break, because even press-ups send her heart-rate skyward.  Various tests have diagnosed her with post-viral syndrome, which only complete rest from sport can cure - which will take an unspecified length of time.  "It's very frustrating," she said. "I can't just ... Read on Externally

GOAL machine Jade Skillen (January 20th 2012) is out to show she is not all about finding the back of the net after launching a career as a personal trainer. This season has seen the 20 year old from Newmarket plunder 18 goals for Ipswich Town’s women’s team in their push for promotion from the Southern Combination League. The remarkable turnaround comes less than two years after the Centre Drive resident was forced to cut short a football scholarship at the University of Montevallo, Alabama, when diagnosed with a post viral fatigue after suffering with blood poisoning.  Read on externally

Rower overcomes PVF to success at World Championships - The Guardian - 12 December 2011 - There were only 500m to go in the world championship final. Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, defending champions in the lightweight double sculls, had left it too late.  Read on Externally

Cate Campbell in the brew for London Olympics comeback - From: The Australian -     November 19, 2011  - After losing two years of her international career to ill-health, 19-year-old Campbell re-emerged at the recent World Cup event in Tokyo to claim the sprint double and shoot back to No 2 in the world rankings in the 50m and 100m freestyle (shortcourse)..... She repeated that feat at the 2009 world titles and seemed destined for higher honours but was stopped in her tracks by a bout of glandular fever before last year's national trials. Campbell just scraped into the national team but was forced to withdraw two months later after she was unable to restart training due to post-viral fatigue.  Read On externally


A link to an external blog written (July 2011) by a PVFS sufferer.  What is Post Viral Fatigue ? ME is an illness characterised by a number of symptoms rather like a severe flu. It affects the body and the mind. It is also known as post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS) and as fibromyalgia. It has probably been in existence for many years, but it is poorly understood and has been called by different names at different times. The characteristic features are fatigues which goes on for more than 6 months .... Continues on external link

Cricketer Battles PVFS - Yorkshire Post - August 2011

THERE were times when Yorkshire batsman Joe Sayers feared he might never play again.  Sayers contracted Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome last summer and wondered whether he would be able to resume his cricketing career.  But after battling back this season in courageous style, Sayers will this week captain Yorkshire for the first time in County Championship cricket.

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Prevalence of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in three regions of England: a repeated cross-sectional study in primary care - Nacul et al July 2011

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been used to name a range of chronic conditions characterized by extreme fatigue and other disabling symptoms. Attempts to estimate the burden of disease have been limited by selection bias, and by lack of diagnostic biomarkers and of agreed reproducible case definitions. We estimated the prevalence and incidence of ME/CFS - Read More...

NCHS to Consider Reclassifying CFS as Neurological Disease -  Pro Health website - September 2011 - “This proposal is a stepwise change that will separate cases of ME/CFS from cases of unspecified chronic fatigue and depression, and in the process, signal to the medical community the seriousness of this disease.” The proposal request is supported by past and current recommendations from the CFS Advisory Committee (CFSAC), an advisory committee created under the Federal Advisory Committee statute and regulations.  Read The Full Story .....

The following list represents sources of further reading.  Additional sites will be considered - applications to the editor please.

The Dove Clinic for Integrated Medicine

CFS Medicine - the site created by the Dove specifically for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome information and treatment

The Wikipedia entry for Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue - The Reference Point provided by The Dove Clinic

BBC Health entry for Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome

Support ME - An Online resource for sufferers

The Post Viral Fatigue Forum - find out what others are saying and feeling. Published in February 2012, Dr Sarah Myhill’s piece on Energy Expenditure in ME/CFS is worth reading.

You can also follow @postviral on Twitter

Healthypages also have a forum for Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome.

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