What actually is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME?
The NHS quite simply describe it as:
“Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) causes persistent fatigue (exhaustion) that affects everyday life and doesn’t go away with sleep or rest.”
They don’t have an awful lot of information and advice to offer and describe all advice as ‘theory’. Slightly worrying, considering they also think that 250,000 people in the UK have it.
Luckily, I know a bit about it from first hand experience and I’m going to share this with you.
So, let’s start again..
What actually is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME? (take 2)
There is no difference between CFS and ME and everybody’s symptoms will vary. Symptoms include all or some of the following:
- Aches and pains in joints and muscles
- Difficulty sleeping (sleep/ wake cycle disrupted)
- Muscles weakness and pain
- Lack of sex drive
You could have fatigue plus none, some or all of these other symptoms and be considered a CFS/ME patient.
The important thing to know is that everybody is different and everybody’s body is different and therefore the best education you can give yourself is an education in your own body. I can guide you through that.