In­vis­i­ble ill­ness has taken over

Man’s symp­toms matched those of Ricky Ger­vais

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

CHRONIC fa­tigue syn­drome is an ill­ness that can strike any­one within a com­mu­nity.

Whether a busi­ness­man or stay-at-home mum, the cause and symp­toms do not dis­crim­i­nate.

Un­for­tu­nately for suf­fer­ers, they can of­ten be mis­un­der­stood by friends, fam­ily and co-work­ers, who may not know what they are deal­ing with.

“It is ac­tu­ally mis­named,” CF suf­ferer and Casino res­i­dent An­drew Pres­bury said.

“When you call it chronic fa­tigue it sounds like we are just tired all the time or even just lazy.

“While tired­ness is a con­stant symp­tom, the ac­tual dis­ease is called myal­gic en­cephalomyeli­tis or ME.”

Since 1969, ME has been clas­si­fied as a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mr Pres­bury didn’t know this was what he was suf­fer­ing, de­spite go­ing to doc­tors, un­til he was watch­ing an in­ter­view with co­me­dian Ricky Ger­vais one night.

“All the symp­toms he men­tioned were ex­actly what I was go­ing through,” he said.

Once Mr Pres­bury and the doc­tors could pin­point what the prob­lem was, he said it was like a huge weight lifted off his shoul­ders.

For Mr Pres­bury, the is­sue started to oc­cur in late 2010 when he was hit with a fever.

“One day I felt weak and tired and had a re­ally bad fever,” he said.

“That night I re­mem­ber be­ing wrapped in a doona and my teeth were chat­ter­ing.

“I went to Casino hos­pi­tal and they gave me Panadol and my tem­per­a­ture ac­tu­ally went up.”

Mr Pres­bury said they fi­nally found a virus in his blood called Barmah For­est, which he said was the pre­cur­sor to his CF.

Mr Pres­bury knew he couldn’t work for any­one else if he couldn’t give them the hours they re­quired.

He started his own busi­ness – APRACS Re­frig­er­a­tion – which has evolved as he gained en­ergy.

ABOVE: An­drew Pres­bury suf­fers from chronic fa­tigue.

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