Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), is a chronic, multi-system, neurological disease. that can affect many parts of the body, most commonly the nervous and immune systems. People with ME experience debilitating fatigue that is unlike normal tiredness and a range of other symptoms including brain fog, chronic pain, sleep that isn't refreshing, difficulties with memory, focus and concentration and dizziness that worsens with moving from lying down or sitting to standing, and sensitivity to light, sound and other stimuli.

ME is different for everyone: it can range from a mild illness to a severe one that leaves some people housebound or bedbound and symptoms can fluctuate from day to day.  

The content on this page is provided solely for information purposes . If you think you have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, please visit the ME Association for further information.


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For further information, please visit the ME Association:

The ME Association is a national charity that helps thousands of people with ME/CFS/PVFS each year in the UK.  It is estimated that between 130,000 and 260,000 people are struggling to live with this life-changing neurological condition.

It can affect people of all ages and from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds and can lead to long-term disability and a lower quality of life than multiple sclerosis or cancer.

  • We provide reliable information and we campaign to raise awareness of the inequalities affecting this large patient 
  • We fund and support biomedical research with the hope that an effective treatment can be discovered.
  • We offer training for healthcare professionals and we are working to effectively implement the new NICE clinical guideline. 

(ME/CFS = Myalgic Encephalopathy/Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. PVFS = Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome. Long Covid = Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2.)

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