Fatigue and CFS/ME/Fibromyalgia

If you have experienced Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Fibromyalgia you will possibly have noticed brain fog, lethargy and sometimes unending fatigue that does not always improve with sleep. Even the smallest thing like getting dressed can result in the need for resting and recovering and can affect you even over 24 hours after completing a task or activity. Here at Salus Fatigue Foundation we have worked with many people with fatigue as a result of CFS/ME or fibromyalgia and we can assist you along the way with your wellness journey.

We provide advice around:

Pacing

Nutrition

Sleep

Stress

Movement

The most common symptoms are:

  • Severe and debilitating fatigue
  • Malaise following mental or physical activity
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Short term memory loss
  • Immune system impaired, sore throats, enlarged glands, headaches, temperature control and flu like symptoms
  • Palpitations & sweating
  • Features of depression and anxiety
  • Low Mood
  • Sleep disturbances, alcohol intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome

Effects of ME

The range and severity of symptoms can vary from person to person:

  • for some the effects may be minimal e.g. you may be able to care for yourself, needing days off work to rest
  • for others the effects may be moderate e.g. you may have reduced mobility and disturbed sleep patterns
  • but for approximately one in four people the multiple symptoms can be severe and have a huge impact on their lives.

Social isolation and difficulties with family life can often result, with schooling and higher education severely disrupted or difficulty in continuing in employment. In severe cases people may be housebound or confined to bed for long periods.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromylagia shares many symptoms similar to ME and indeed some people are diagnosed with both conditions, depending on their symptoms. Fibromyalgia is defined as a progressive chronic pain related illness, which is characterised by musculoskeletal pain, aches, stiffness, general fatigue, soft tissue tenderness and sleep disturbances. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that causes the fatigue and augmented musculoskeletal pain all over the body. It affects women more than men and mostly those women who are of childbearing age. [1] NHS Choices [2] Dowsett, E.G., Ramsay, A.M., McCartney, R.A. and Bell, E.J. (1990) ‘Myalgic encephalomyelitis – a persistent viral infection?’ Postgraduate Medical Journal, 66, 526 – 30

Salus Fatigue Foundation’s ‘Fatigue Wellbeing Hub‘ is now available and has case studies, advice and guidance on Fatigue related to ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia.

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