Awareness Day: 12th May











Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S.) is as it's name says, extreme fatigue, like all your energy has been sucked out.


Myalgic Encephalopathy (M.E.) (My-al-jik En-kefa-lop-athy)


My = muscle
algic = pain
encephalo = brain
pathy = suffering or sickness


It should be explained that there are a number of different names for what is an illness of uncertain cause affecting many thousands of people.  Currently it is estimated that some 250,000 people in Britain are affected by this illness and it affects all types of people and at all ages.


Symptoms can include, all or several of the following:


  • chronic, severe and debilitating fatigue, mental and physical

  • widespread painful muscles and joints

  • disordered sleep

  • gastric, digestive disturbances

  • cognitive difficulties, poor memory and concentration

  • post-exertional malaise

  • unrefreshing sleep

  • sore throat

  • flu-like symptoms

  • headaches of a type not previously experienced

  • increased sensitivity to light, sounds and smells

  • depression


In many cases, onset is linked to a viral infection.  Other triggers may include an operation or an accident, child birth, bereavement, breakdown of a relationship, anything that your body determines as a trauma.  Some people experience a slow, insidious onset, which means the onset can be days, weeks, months even years later which can then prove diagnosis difficult.



Foggy's: Dashboard advice for C.F.S. and why using a Blue Badge

Foggy's: Dashboard advice for M.E. and why using a Blue Badge


HFME: C.F.S and M.E. comparison chart

Life Extension: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The British Dietetic Association: CFS and Diet

BMJ Group: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome



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