Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)
We have compiled resources which provide generic self-management advice, which we hope you may find useful.
The Lancashire CFS/ME Service aims to help people deal with and reduce the difficulties that are associated with CFS/ME.
Following a referral and initial assessment, the specialist team will work with you to create an individual management plan to help you lessen the impact of CFS/ME, and gradually improve. The team will also work closely with your GP and any other health professionals who may be involved in your care.
What is CFS/ME?
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS), and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are some of the names used to describe a syndrome, which is probably a similar type of condition and whose main feature is excessive fatigue.
CFS/ME is the preferred term used in this information. It more accurately describes the illness and is now officially recognised. CFS/ME affects people in different ways and no two people experience the illness in the same way. The main feature is persistent physical and mental fatigue, which differs from normal tiredness. It is not adequately relieved by rest and is usually out of proportion to the activity undertaken.
A range of other symptoms often accompany the fatigue. These include muscle and/or joint pain, headaches, swollen glands and recurring infections – often sore throats. Some people have feelings of dizziness and temperature fluctuations. There are frequently some difficulties with memory and concentration and many people experience problems with their sleep. They often have vivid dreams and wake feeling unrefreshed. Many people describe sensitivity to some foods and medicines.
Currently there is no specific diagnostic test for CFS/ME. However, there is a clear protocol that is used to confirm the diagnosis. A diagnosis is made by excluding around 40 other conditions that cause fatigue. Your GP will have arranged a variety of blood tests, liver function tests and routine biochemistry tests prior to attendance at the clinic.
The CFS/ME Service aims to provide supportive, holistic patient centred advice to aid acceptance, education and self-management for adults with mild or moderate CFS/ME in Lancashire.
Sessions are run on a one to one basis in clinics across Lancashire and cover topics such as pacing, activity management, sleep regularisation and relaxation.
For more information see our self-help booklet and your GP can obtain details of the referral procedure.
Minerva Health Centre
Tel 01772 777022