What is M.E.?

I thought it might be useful to write a bit about M.E. Truthfully though now that I’ve created this page I’m not quite sure where to start.

Perhaps it’s best to start with a quote…

M.E. is a long-term (chronic) fluctuating illness that causes symptoms affecting many body systems, more commonly the nervous and immune systems.” – Action for ME

It is estimated that 250 000 people in the UK suffer from M.E. Despite this fact there is very   little understanding as to what causes M.E., and in many cases how it affects sufferers. Nor is there any accepted cure.

M.E.can affect sufferers in different ways. There are lots of symptoms and naturally a range in the severity of the symptoms.

In some the effects may be minimal but in a large number, lives are changed drastically: in the young, schooling and higher education can be severely disrupted; in the working population, employment becomes impossible for many. For all, social life and family life become restricted and in some cases severely strained. People may be housebound or confined to bed for months or years.” –   ME Assocation

Instead of going into lots of detail about the symptoms of M.E. I thought I’d share this image with you. Personally I think it’s a really good representation of M.E. for people who don’t want to read pages and pages about it.

For more information on M.E. together with resources which I find particularly useful please visit my Resources Page.


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