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What is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are complex conditions affecting energy metabolism and impacting every system in the body.

  • They share many symptoms, such as unrefreshing sleep, problems thinking clearly, and bodily pain.
  • ME is generally considered to be a more severe form of the disease with severe energy impairment, muscle weakness, and neurological symptoms.
  • Shockingly, a quarter of ME patients are confined to their homes or beds due to its debilitating nature. These are the forgotten 25%.
  • Both ME and CFS are most often triggered by a viral infection, underscoring the significant role of the immune system.
  • The emergence of ME-like symptoms in millions of individuals post-Sars CoV-2 infection, known as long haul COVID, has catalyzed medical research efforts toward a deeper understanding of ME. 
     
  • Post-exertional malaise (PEM) is the most distinguishing feature of both ME and CFS.
  • PEM refers to the prolonged worsening of multiple symptoms with minimal physical, mental, or emotional exertion.
  • The worsening lasts for days to weeks and is not relieved by rest or sleep.
  • The onset of PEM can be delayed by hours to days, making it difficult to notice the connection between activity and symptoms (e.g., unrefreshing sleep, troubling thinking clearly).

As someone who knows these conditions, I am dedicated to providing practical and compassionate education, resources, and hope to those affected by ME, CFS, and PEM.

Online Courses

Self-Study Course:
Pathways to Improvement

Learn to take charge of your health to help you feel and live better. Self-management works!

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Live Online Mentorship
Pathways In Action

Learn to individualize and optimize your self-management with the support of a mentor and group.

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Membership to Live Sessions
Live! with Dr. Stein

Evidence-based presentations and Q&A with Dr. Stein. Credible, science-based, and cutting edge information about how to live longer and healthier.

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Self-Study Course:
Pathway 3:  Sleep

Better sleep means less pain and more comfort. Wake more refreshed and have more energy to enjoy life by learning proven self-management strategies for more effective sleep.

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Webinars (recordings)

Deep Pacing

Dr. Stein explains DEEP pacing—providing strategies for attending holistically to the mind and body which will help to stabilize your energy, make your life and health more predictable, and give you more control. 

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Causes & Treatment

Dr. Neil Nathan, esteemed integrative physician, explains how ME, CFS, FM and ES are due to underlying causes such as exposures to toxic mold and Lyme disease. Toxins activate the autonomic nervous system, the limbic system, and mast cells making people "sensitive and reactive".

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Books

Let Your Light Shine Through
In this manual, Dr. Stein shares the strategies that she has found to be the most successful for patients in her 35-year medical practice working with ME, CFS, FM, ES, chronic pain, and more recently long Covid. Readers are guided through a 260-page, 4-month program specific to these conditions. Let Your Light Shine Through is filled with practical, low to no-cost management suggestions, tools, and resources. 
Formats available: hardcover, coil-bound, digital download. 

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More Light

Building upon Let Your Let Shine Through, this book contains up-to-date, science-based information, clinical approaches, and affordable interventions that you can do on your own. Currently, only individual chapters are available at affordable prices. Choose the subjects tailored specifically to your health needs. Current topics are: Self-management, Diagnosis, Biology of Change, Sleep, and Energy and Activity.

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Recommended Free Videos 

What Can Help Heal Your Pain?
An interview with Simon Pimenta

Simon lives in the UK and had ME/CFS and fibromyalgia for 8 years. In this video Simon talks to Dr Stein on the topic of healing pain using Neuroplasticity and other approaches.  Simon runs a free Facebook group called ME/CFS EXPLORED.

Part 1:  What is ME/CFS?

In this video, Dr. Stein describes what ME/CFS is. It includes a 5-minute video of the same name from the Bateman Horne Centre (used with permission). Each of the criteria suggested in the 2015 IOM/NAM report is explained. The Bateman Horne video is a cartoon and easily accessible to all viewers.

 

Part 2:  Diagnosis

In this recording, Dr. Stein describes the questions a healthcare practitioner could ask a patient to confirm whether they meet the criteria for ME/CFS. She also describes some of the conditions that frequently accompany ME. If you are a patient, consider what your answers are to these questions. Dr. Stein has included audio clips from real patients answering these questions to give a feel of the lived experience of ME/CFS.

 

Part 3:  Management

In this recording, Dr. Stein introduces the most helpful management strategies for each of the common symptoms of ME/CFS, those included in the SEID criteria, the Canadian Consensus Criteria, and the conditions that often accompany ME. She includes audio clips from real patients to help give you an idea of what these symptoms are like and how people have improved over time. There is hope.

 

Podcast with Dr. Courtney Craig

In this episode, Dr. Courtney Craig and I discuss our shared experience of how a diagnosis of ME/CFS led us, professionally, to help others manage the condition. I describe how self-management strategies can impact biology and therefore improve patient's lives.

Spoonie Radio is a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia Podcast highlighting effective treatment strategies as well as insight from clinicians, researchers, and advocates. This show is brought to you by Dr. Courtney Craig, recovered CFS patient, clinician, and creator of www.drcourtneycraig.com

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