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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: One Woman's Debilitating Experience with ME

Wednesday 15 November 2017


From International Business Times:


In many severe cases, sufferers move
with the aid of a wheelchair.
(Photo: Getty)

Chronic fatigue syndrome: One woman's debilitating experience with ME

Sufferers can have constant headaches, muscle aches, insomnia and memory loss, among other symptoms

By Ruchira Sharma
November 14, 2017
© Copyright 2017 IBTimes Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

The illness myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, is bewildering for a number of reasons. For one, there are thought to be around 250,000 sufferers in the UK, most of whom are women. Women account for four times the number of male sufferers.

While ME follows other auto-immune illnesses in that more women are diagnosed with it than men, very little research has been done to show why.

In addition to this, since the illness was first identified in the 1950s, doctors have been unable to properly understand the root cause of it. In fact, early cases were deemed "hysteria" or "yuppie flu" – a problematic start for a much misunderstood illness.

Hannah Price, 23, has had ME since she was 11 years old. She tells IBTimes UK: "Invisible illnesses are hard for people to comprehend, because from the outside I look fine, so I've had to deal with a lot of Ignorance and 'it's all in your head' – but this is changing and makes a huge difference to my outlook."


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