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ONLINE TALK: Preventing Post-Exertional Malaise – Pacing and Energy Management in ME/CFS

Updated: Oct 14, 2021

You can find the recording of this talk on this page 'Energy management in chronic illness'.

Huge thanks to Staci and Mark!


During this event, recent findings about post-exertional malaise (PEM) will be shared, as well as their relevance in determining pacing strategies and energy conservation. These studies help elucidate the origins of fatigue in ME/CFS and explain why certain strategies are helpful in managing the illness. This talk will also be of interest to people suffering from Fibromyalgia, and for patients recently struggling with post-viral fatigue following COVID-19 infection.

This talk will include information from our guests' recent manuscripts, heart rate monitoring and energy conservation tips.


  • 5 min - Introduction

  • 40 min - Talk by Staci Stevens and Mark Van Ness

  • 15 min - Q&A: feed in questions on the Zoom chat or in the comments of the video on the Facebook live

Our guest speakers

  • Staci Stevens, founder of the Workwell Foundation. She has served on the Department of Health and Human Services Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee and as co-vice president of the International Association of ME/CFS. Her primary research interest is in functionally characterizing ME/CFS and improving quality of life for people with the illness.

  • Dr Mark Van Ness, scientific advisor of the Foundation, researcher, and currently Professor in the University of the Pacific (California) in the department of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences. His areas of research include pacing and post-exertional malaise.

They have been studying ME/CFS using cardiopulmonary exercise testing for the past 21 years.

The Workwell Foundation

The Foundation is committed to research facilitating an understanding of the biological basis for fatigue and post-exertional malaise (PEM). The Workwell Foundation exercise physiologists provide expertise to support a diagnosis, functional assessments, and treatment in the areas of CFS/ME, Fibromyalgia and other fatigue-related illnesses.

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