Myal­gic en­cephalomyeli­tis (ME) � The FACTS

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WHAT IS IT? ME, or chronic fa­tigue syn­drome, is a long-term neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion af­fect­ing many body sys­tems, but, more com­monly, the ner­vous and im­mune sys­tems. It can af­fect any­one, but is more com­mon in women. It tends to de­velop be­tween your mid-20s and mid-40s. SYMP­TOMS The main symp­tom is tired­ness, but peo­ple can also have sleep prob­lems, joint pain, headaches and flu-like symp­toms. Most peo­ple find overex­er­cis­ing wors­ens the symp­toms, which can vary from day to day. TREAT­MENT This aims to re­lieve the symp­toms and will de­pend on how the ME af­fects you. It can in­clude med­i­ca­tion to con­trol pain and sleep­ing prob­lems, and cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy. Most peo­ple get bet­ter over time.

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