ME and chronic fatigue symdrome

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is the medical term for ME, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and linked to Fybromyalgia. Some would say they are all the same condition. The medical profession has only recently accepted that this is a genuine illness; previously these patients were seen as 'malingerers' for want of a better description.

There are many reasons behind this 'illness of our times', and my role is not to surplant the support you receive from your consultant and GP, but to look at your health wholistically and present some helpful ways of coping that you won't have come across before. If you are having problems getting medical understanding, there are many web sites that can give you that support and lead you getting better support from the medical profession. The first one that springs to mind is the ME Association. Please get in touch with the mobile/email contact details below if you wish to find out more.

Some of the signs and symptoms of ME and CFS make the diagnosis difficult.

  • Muscle symptoms include exercise intolerance and post-exertional malaise (i.e. feeling shattered the day after undue physical activity), pain/myalgia (present in around 75% of people) and fasciculations (visible twitching of the muscles which sometimes includes blepharospasm/eyelid twitching).
  • Brain and Central Nervous System symptoms include cognitive dysfunction (problems with short-term memory, concentration and maintaining attention), clumsiness, disequilibrium likened to ‘walking on rubber’, and word finding abilities. Problems with control of the autonomic nervous system results in palpitations, sweating episodes and symptoms associated with low blood pressure/postural hypotension (e.g. fainting).
  • Symptoms which suggest on-going abnormalities in immune system function include sore throats, enlarged glands, joint pains, headaches, problems with temperature control and intermittent flu-like feelings.
  • Other symptoms which frequently occur in ME/CFS include sleep disturbances (often increased requirements at the onset followed by an inability to maintain a full night’s sleep), alcohol intolerance (a very characteristic feature, particularly in the early period of illness) and irritable bowel symptomatology.
  • Some people also develop emotional lability or mood swings and features of clinical depression as time goes on.
  • Besides these more obvious and wide-spread symptoms there are also myriad “minor” ones. Not everyone experiences all of them and often they are not mentioned when patients describe their illness; however there is often very visible relief when they find others, too, have similar experiences.

    For some practical and helpful solutions and ways to manage your health, please contact Cynthia Sillars on 07599520406 or email her

    There will be ideas and ways of coping that you won't have come across before!