Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)
is commonly referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(CFS) or Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS). The
condition causes long term fatigue (tiredness)
along with a number of other symptoms which vary from
sufferer to sufferer.
The cause of the condition
is unknown. A number of sufferers have attributed the
onset of the condition as having been triggered by a
viral infection, typically glandular fever. ME/CFS
can affect anyone and is thought to effect around
250,000 people in the UK. The condition is said to be
3 times more common in women than in men.
There is no definitive test that proves that you
suffer from this condition. Usually your GP will run a
series of blood tests to rule out other conditions that
may have similar symptoms such as anaemia or an
Sufferers are affected by
differing symptoms to varying severities and frequency.
Some symptoms that may be experienced include: