chronic fatigue syndrome
If you have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), you will experience extreme tiredness that does not go away, no matter how much you rest. Along with fatigue, you may be affected by painful joints/muscle pain, poor memory and disordered sleep.
ME/CFS is recognised as a neurological disorder by the World Health Organisation and there are an estimated 250,000 people affected in Britain. For many with the CFS, the risk of developing anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses increases. On this page we will look into living with chronic fatigue syndrome and the physical, emotional and social implications.
Here is what we do know - the illness is recognised as a neurological disorder. It impacts you physically, making everyday tasks incredibly difficult. It can take you away from work and away from your friends. The physical symptoms and their implications increase the chances of developing mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. These mental health problems may then in turn worsen symptoms.
The condition is long-term, so treatments are designed to help you manage symptoms and get the most out of daily life. This typically involves a combination of physical and psychological approaches.