Symptom fluctuations and daily physical activity

Meeus and colleagues at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) studied 67 women with CFS for six days. They found that the more patients with CFS are sedentary and the better activity is dispersed, the fewer symptoms and variations they experience on the same and next day. Inversely, more symptoms and variability is experienced when patients were more active that day or the day before. This paper supports the common practice of pacing used by CFS patients to reduce symptom flares brought on by over-activity. (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Nov. 2011)

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