M.E. is a neurological disease and stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. ME is characterised by a range of neurological symptoms and signs, muscle pain with intense physical and/or mental exhaustion, relapses, and specific cognitive disabilities. A true diagnosis may only be made with a complex brain scan. ME and CFS are often mistaken as the same thing. No two people seem to suffer the exact same symptoms.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex medical condition, characterized by long-term fatigue and other symptoms. These symptoms are to such a degree that they limit a person’s ability to carry out ordinary daily activities. CFS is the most common diagnosis in this country for people that exhibit the characteristics of ME as described by the WHO (World Health Organization).Under NHS NICE guidelines the medical Profession of the country are asked to diagnose ME as CFS. Thus many patients are unaware there is a difference in the conditions. We, in this group believe that the severity of symptoms, and not labels, are the important factor for the patient.
Fibromyalgia, is a chronic condition that characteristically causes pain all over the body, including muscle and joint pain, and fatigue as well as other symptoms. It is thought that the disease is not one disease but several. It often includes:
- trouble sleeping
as well as the above mentioned Muscle pain.