M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) affects an estimated 250,000 men, women and children in the UK. M.E. is defined by the World Health Organisation as a neurological condition. It may be diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS).
Fatigue with the following features
- new or had a specific onset (that is, it is not lifelong)
- persistent and/or recurrent
- unexplained by other conditions
- has resulted in a substantial reduction in activity level
- characterised by post-exertional malaise and/or fatigue (typically delayed, for example by at least 24 hours, with slow recovery over several days)
- Muscle and/or joint pain that is multi-site and without evidence of inflammation
- painful lymph nodes without pathological enlargement
- sore throat
- cognitive dysfunction, such as difficulty thinking, inability to concentrate, impairment of short-term memory, and difficulties with word-finding, planning/organising thoughts and information processing
- physical or mental exertion makes symptoms worse
- general malaise or ‘flu-like’ symptoms
- dizziness and/or nausea
- palpitations in the absence of identified cardiac pathology.
- difficulty with sleeping, such as insomnia, hypersomnia, unrefreshing sleep, a disturbed sleep/wake cycle
It is important to note that symptoms can fluctuate and differ from person to person.
The cause of M.E is still unknown, however a large percentage of ME sufferers report having had a virus that they never recovered from.
There is not yet a cure for M.E however there are some treatments some use to help cope with their symptoms. However what works for one person my not work for another.
All Information taken from theNice Guidelines