Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a relatively common illness. The physical symptoms can be as disabling as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic conditions.
ME/CFS involves a complex range of symptoms that includes fatigue, malaise, headaches, sleep disturbance, difficulties with concentration and muscle pain. The pattern and intensity of symptoms vary between people, and during the course of each person’s illness. People often have symptoms for many years before ME/CFS is diagnosed. The causes and disease processes of ME/CFS are still not understood.
There is good evidence that with the right treatment it is possible for people to be helped to manage the condition, with the aim of maintaining and extending their physical, emotional and cognitive capacity.
Energy management and personalised physical activity or exercise are the treatments for which there is the clearest research evidence. Treatment should be delivered by a suitably trained Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist.