Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

What is ME?

ME is a condition associated with extreme fatigue that is thought to affect somewhere between 150,000 and 250,000 people in Britain.

It stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and is also sometimes referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Post Viral Syndrome (PVS).

What are the symptoms of ME?

Although ME is most commonly thought of as extreme tiredness, this is not the only symptom of the condition. Unlike ‘normal’ bouts of exhaustion – it isn’t cured simply by sleep and rest.

Depending on the level of ME you suffer from, your lifestyle may be severely affected or only slightly affected, and the severity of the symptoms can vary at different times.

How do you find out more?

Find out more about ME symptoms at NHS Direct and Net Doctor, as well as information on causes and treatment.

If you think you’ve got some of the symptoms of ME, don’t panic, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have got the condition. If you’re worried, make an appointment to see your GP.

Who can help?

The Association of Young People with ME (AYME) offers support and understanding for all young people with ME between the ages of 5 and 25.

ME Research UK is a national charity which funds research into ME. You can visit their website at

NHS Direct and Net Doctor offer useful information on ME; its causes, symptoms and treatments.

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