Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) � The FACTS
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.