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Systematic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID) is reportedly the mew name given to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This measure comes shortly after the panel from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which is a non-profit agency that advises the U.S. government on health and medicine issues, has also recognised this syndrome to be a real disease nowadays.

Despite previous beliefs, the SEID is not a consequence of modern hysteria, but rather a real condition that can progressively find its way into a healthy individual’s life, making the one suffering from feel tired, sleepless, or very lethargic. All these symptoms can be topped by tunnel vision and intense back pain. In some extreme cases, affected individuals find it really had to get out of bed.

The condition’s former name, chronic fatigue syndrome was believed to trivialise the illness. Between 836,000 and 2.5 million people in the United States are supposedly suffering from this condition as we speak. There’s no known cause for it.

“These people truly cannot function. They’re not just tired. We are talking profound exhaustion. Some people think it’s just malingering, or being tired or lazy. But we’re dealing with real symptoms — total exhaustion after minor physical or even mental exertion,”

said Dr. Nazila Biria, Internal Medicine at Englewood Hospital.

Moreover the IOM also advised the government to start developing a tool kit so as to help doctors diagnose the disease more easily and more precisely, and to take care of the fact that the disorder must be assigned a specific medical billing code.

Diagnosing this disease requires three main symptoms. First of all fatigue and reduction in levels of activity must last for over six months, secondly the post-exertion must be worsening, and thirdly sleep must feel un-refreshing despite obvious exhaustion.

Moreover patients must have one other symptom. May it be cognitive impairment, commonly referred to as “brain fog,” or maybe orthostatic intolerance (symptoms improve whenever one is lying down, that’s why many patients find it rather hard to stand up for longer periods of time).

Nevertheless, replacing “syndrome” with “disease” is definitely a progress as far as the the manner in which it is regarded is concerned.

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