What is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or ME is often ‘unhelpfully’ called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS.

For this Blog Site I will only refer to the illness as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or ME

ME is a Chronic Illness that affects every cell of the sufferers body. It manifests in symptoms affecting, the brain, the pulmonary, cardiology, digestive, hormonal, reproductive and nervous systems.

There is no medical test to diagnose ME, it is a diagnosis of exclusion and symptoms have to have been present continually for over 6 months for a diagnosis to be affirmed.

This blog will discuss the symptoms my daughter presented with in 2018 when Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and how she was treated by medical and educational professionals in the UK impacted on her life.

We will look at how I think Fluoxetine medication (Prozac triggered her ME), how she developed secondary POTS, Trichotillomania and was diagnosed with Autism. We will explore the concepts of pacing, stimming, masking, CBT/GET and education while chronically ill. We will also examine symptoms, including fatigue and brain fog.

What is PEM for people with ME?

Post Exertional Malaise (PEM) If you run a marathon, climb a mountain, abseil or go mountain biking you may expect to feel a little bit tired after, but how about expecting to be too exhausted to stand up after cleaning your teeth or getting dressed? To truly meet the criteria to be diagnosed with Myalgic … More What is PEM for people with ME?