There is currently no universally accepted treatment for ME/CFS, so focus is placed on relieving symptoms. However, by understanding symptoms and knowing how to respond to them, people with ME/CFS can begin to lead “normal” lives once more.
According to the ME Association, ME is the most common cause of long term sickness absence from school and is estimated to cost the UK economy £3.3bn each year.
If you feel chronically tired all the time, and/or experience some of the symptoms listed above, making day-to-day tasks a constant struggle, you should contact your doctor in the first instance. They will want to rule out other disorders that could be causing your symptoms.
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What is ME/CFS?
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) – sometimes also referred to as Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disorder (SEID), Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS), or chronic fatigue immunity deficiency syndrome (CFIDS) – is a complicated, complex and debilitating multi-systemic disorder that is primarily characterised by extreme fatigue.
Now when we talk about the kind of fatigue experienced by ME/CFS sufferers, we’re not referring to the kind of tiredness you feel at the end of a long day. Instead, we’re talking about how you feel when you have the flu; a fatigue that makes doing even the simplest of day-to-day tasks extremely difficult, sometimes insurmountable.
To make matters worse, people with ME say said fatigue does not subside with rest and, as a result, going to school or work, as well as leading a “normal” social life is all but impossible.
Furthermore, the fact there is no definitive diagnostic test to confirm ME/CFS makes people living with the condition feeling dejected, disappointed and wondering where to turn for help.
Signs and symptoms of ME/CFS include:
- Constant or recurring extreme fatigue
- Non-restoring/unrefreshing sleep
- Loss of memory or concentration
- Impaired thinking abilities
- Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
- Sore throat
- Stomach ache
- Light sensitivity
- Unexplained muscle or joint pain
While the exact cause of ME/CFS is unknown, potential triggers include:
- Viral infections
- Immune system problems
- An injury
- Hormone imbalances
- A predisposition for the illness
ME/CFS can also come on gradually or all of a sudden. Many ME/CFS sufferers say it’s as though they caught the flu, but it never went away.