The purpose of ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)International is to educate the general public, medical providers, and governments throughout the world as well as support ME patients, caregivers, advocates, organizations, family and friends.
Established in 2019, ME International is an all-volunteer organization. If you would like to volunteer to help, please click on the "Join ME Intl" button at the top of this page.
For a 2-page Dr. Handout explaining the IC Primer click HERE.
ME is characterized by immune and neurological dysfunction with severe exacerbation of systemic illness following any exertion. ME is understood to be an inability to properly generate energy within cells which often prevents sufferers from working, studying, or otherwise living a normal and functional life. There is currently no official cause or cure for this disease. What is ME handout: English Spanish
In 1956 Dr. A. Melvin Ramsaydescribed ME and laid the ground work for recognizing ME as a distinct disease. Over the years the ME patient population was lumped in with other patient groups with a focus on fatigue which ignored many of the original characteristics of ME. See Brief History of ME: EnglishSpanish
UNDERSTANDING ME CRITERIA
In 2011 a panel of experts who had over 500 years of combined experience collaborated to create the International Consensus Criteria (ICC), whose precursor was the Canadian Consensus Criteria (CCC). The ICC in combination with the IC Primer closely aligns with the original patient group described by Dr. Ramsay. To aid you in researching the different criteria CLICK HERE.
If we had one criteria for ME adopted, we would have a better chance of getting doctors, governments and other organizations to support our cause. ME International supports the adoption of the International Consensus Criteria (ICC) and the practical guidance in the IC Primer. Sign petition HERE.
WHY JOIN ME INTERNATIONAL?
ME has been ignored for decades and is only now getting some recognition. Now we need to make sure that the RIGHT DEFINITION and TREATMENT are being used.
We want this organization to be run by people who really care about this disease and want more than anything to find a CURE! Your support and participation can help make that happen. We want people to participate at any level because they want to and feel the need to help. All positions are voluntary.
Imagine having millions of people who are members of this group ... could they still ignore us?
Click HERE to join ME International and help make this dream a reality!
The information provided at this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness and is not to be considered as medical advice. ME International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is listed as a nonprofit corporation with the state of Colorado.
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