M.E. Awareness Day 2017

Today is M.E. Awareness Day.  Part of a campaign that runs throughout May by Action for M.E, to show the world that M.E. Matters

What is M.E?

It is estimated that 250,000 people in the UK are affected by M.E. and 17 million people worldwide.  Huge numbers for a condition that is still largely misunderstood.  People of all ages are affected with lives changed drastically.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is a long-term (chronic), fluctuating, neurological condition that causes symptoms affecting many body systems but more commonly the nervous and immune system.

M.E. is most certainly not ‘just tiredness’.  It’s debilitating.  People with M.E. experience severe and persistant fatigue.  Symptoms include painful muscles, disturbed sleep, poor memory and concentration, nausea and increased sensitivity to noise and odours.

Everyone who experiences M.E. will have a different pattern of illness, where their symptoms and severity will fluctuate.

The causes of M.E. are still being investigated and currently there is no specific test that can detect M.E. Instead it is diagnosed by excluding other illnesses that share the same symptoms.  For some, it can be a long and exhausting journey to receive a diagnosis.

M.E matters and awareness is vital.  Please visit https://www.actionforme.org.uk/ to learn more.