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12th-18th May ME Awareness Week

ME Awareness Week

Myalgic encephalomyelitis, also called chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS, is a long-term condition with a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptom is extreme tiredness.

ME/CFS can affect anyone, including children. It’s more common in women, and tends to develop between your mid-20s and mid-40s.

Symptoms of ME/CFS

Common symptoms of ME/CFS include

  • feeling extremely tired all the time – you may find it very hard to do daily activities
  • still feeling tired after resting or sleeping
  • taking a long time to recover after physical activity
  • problems sleeping, such as waking up often during the night
  • problems with thinking, memory and concentration

Some people with ME/CFS may also have other symptoms, including:

The severity of symptoms can vary from day to day, or even within a day.

The symptoms of ME/CFS are similar to the symptoms of some other illnesses, so it’s important to see a GP to get a correct diagnosis.

Find out more about the symptoms of ME/CFS

Useful links

Myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

The ME Association – The ME Association