Could “Long Covid” Bring Greater Awareness to ME/CFS?

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By Patricia Purcell, M.Ed. BSN, RN

Fatigue is a common symptom following COVID-19 infection. However, persistent fatigue that goes on for weeks, or even months, combined with impaired daily physical and cognitive function (brain fog) has led many to believe that COVID-19 infection may be followed by myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

ME/CFS can be triggered by COVID-19 in adolescents and young adults, much the same way it can be brought on by acute viral infections such as infectious mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr virus). In a study done by the Chronic Fatigue Clinic at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, MD, three adolescent and young adult patients who had confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 infections early on in the pandemic were referred for evaluation.  

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How Are Our Children Doing?

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By Patricia Purcell, M.Ed. BSN, RN

It has been just over one year since the closing of schools due to Covid 19. For many children, it has been a year of remote learning. As some children have returned to classrooms as early as September, others are just beginning to return to in-person learning this spring. Some will remain remote through the rest of the school year. The question is, how are our children doing?

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Understanding Pediatric Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) in the School-aged child – Considerations for School Nurses

By Patricia Purcell, M.ED, BSN, RN

As a school nurse of almost 30 years, I have encountered many of the notorious “frequent fliers,” those students with everything ranging from school anxiety or avoidance to those with chronic illnesses such as Type 1 diabetes and migraine headaches. There are the belly aches and mild headaches that are many times caused by hunger, constipation dehydration, test anxiety or other school worries; usually treated with something simple like drinking water, eating a snack, taking some deep breaths, some TLC and just waiting it out for a bit.

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About Nurse Patti

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Meet Nurse Patti!  

Patti Purcell is a Registered Nurse with 30 years of nursing experience, including 26 as a school nurse. Patti has a passion for helping others to make sense of the many complicated aspects of health and medical terminology. We are delighted that she is bringing her experience to the Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association. 

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