Fatigue can also appear in non-pathological cases, such as burnout or over-training syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome, also called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is one of the most complex and multidimensional situations of chronic fatigue that need to be addressed by therapists with expertise in this matter.

Dr Michailidou’s aim is to help patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or chronic fatigue from other causes in Greece, the country of her origin, by using Graded Exercise Therapy (GET). She is perhaps one of the few therapists, if not the only physiotherapist in the country, who has been trained in this specialty and the only Greek who participated in the world's largest research into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, using Graded Exercise Therapy. By using the method of telerehabilitation (video sessions) she can work with patients who live either abroad or anywhere within Greece. Dr Michailidou has experience in conduction this method of treatment which has becoming increasingly popular in the United Kingdom. A further goal for Dr Michailidou is to conduct research in chronic fatigue in Greece, which, for the moment, is very limited.

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What is chronic fatigue?

Fatigue has been found to affect up to half of the population. Prolonged fatigue is characterized by extended fatigue that is equal to or greater than one month. Then, there is chronic fatigue, which is the persistent or recurring fatigue lasting for six months or more.

Fatigue is a symptom that occurs in many conditions and has a negative impact on the daily life of the individual. Patients with various diseases, such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, stroke and others, can have chronic fatigue that complicates the treatment of the disease.

 

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