CPET – Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test

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Your Contribution to Research: Donate to Our Annual HOPE Fundraising Campaign

Your Contribution to Research: Donate to Our Annual HOPE Fundraising Campaign

This year has been a remarkable one for us at Workwell Foundation. Our success is made possible by people like you who support us. Donations have played a role in advancing our mission, which is focused on providing disability evaluations for and research on fatiguing illnesses, such as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and long […]

Recovery time after 2-day cardiopulmonary exercise testing at Workwell Foundation

Recovery time after 2-day cardiopulmonary exercise testing at Workwell Foundation Man sitting down

  If you have myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), you’ve probably heard of the 2-day cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) protocol pioneered by Workwell Foundation. CPET is an objective tool that can document functional capacity and impairment for disability purposes and provides valuable information to guide pacing and energy conservation strategies. CPET measures how well your […]

Why Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) is Not the Answer for ME/CFS and Long COVID

Why Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) is Not the Answer for ME/CFS and Long COVID

Exercise is essential in preventing, treating, and rehabilitating many diseases. Research has repeatedly shown that physical activity improves quality of life and lifespan. It’s no wonder why most doctors encourage patients to do more. But is exercise good for everyone?  While the health benefits are indisputable, there are some diseases for which exercise – as […]

Workwell Teams up with STAT Health

Workwell Teams up with STAT Health

Workwell Foundation recently teamed up with Daniel Lee, the co-founder and CEO of STAT Health, to test an exciting new in-ear wearable device that tracks blood flow to the head.  Many people with ME/CFS and long COVID report worsening orthostatic symptoms (i.e., when upright) during post-exertional malaise (PEM) crashes. Workwell and STAT Health hope to […]

The Role of CPET in Disability Evaluation for Fatiguing Conditions

The Role of CPET in Disability Evaluation for Fatiguing Conditions

Do you feel like your quality of life has been declining due to unexplained fatigue? Is fatigue impairing your ability to function normally or work? If so, you’re not alone.  Fatigue is a common symptom in many illnesses. Understanding the cause can rule out various conditions and point to treatment options. Fatigue can be a […]

PESE/PEM Timecourse?

PESE/PEM Timecourse? Student trying to concentrate

If you have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) or Long COVID, you may be susceptible to post-exertional symptom exacerbation (PESE).  PESE worsens symptoms and decreases function after physical, cognitive, or emotional effort. PESE, also referred to as post-exertional malaise (PEM), is a hallmark feature of ME/CFS and also commonly found in people with long COVID. […]

Development and measurement properties of the PEM/PESE activity questionnaire (PAQ)

Development and measurement properties of the PEM/PESE activity questionnaire (PAQ)

Measuring Functional Deficits in PEM/PESE: An In-Depth Look at the Development and Properties of a New Survey Tool Are you, or someone you know, experiencing post-exertional malaise (PEM), also called post-exertional symptom exacerbation (PESE)? PEM/PESE refers to a delayed worsening of symptoms after physical, cognitive, or emotional stress. PEM/PESE is the hallmark feature of myalgic […]

I Have ME/CFS or Long COVID; Where do I go from here?

I Have ME/CFS or Long COVID; Where do I go from here?

Living with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) or long COVID can present significant challenges that affect physical and cognitive well-being.  These debilitating conditions can leave people unable to function normally due to fatigue, impaired cognition, disrupted sleep, and increased pain. ME/CFS is characterized by a unique condition called post-exertional malaise (PEM), sometimes called post-exertional symptom […]

5 Misconceptions About Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

5 Misconceptions About Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CFS/ME

Myalgic encephalomyelitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), is a complex, multisystem illness. Despite being recognized by the World Health Organization as a neurological disorder, many misconceptions surround this condition, making it difficult to receive proper care and treatment.  This blog post will break down five common misconceptions about ME/CFS. What is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome […]

What are the Signs of Post-exertional Symptom Exacerbation Among Patients with ME/CFS or Long COVID?

What are the Signs of Post-exertional Symptom Exacerbation Among Patients with ME/CFS or Long COVID? Patients with ME/CFS or Long COVID

If you have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) or Long COVID, you may be susceptible to post-exertional symptom exacerbation (PESE).    PESE worsens symptoms and decreases function following physical, cognitive, or emotional effort. PESE, also referred to as post-exertional malaise, is a hallmark of ME/CFS and is commonly found in people with long COVID. PESE/PEM […]