Myalgic Encephalomyelitis – ME – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – CFS – Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome – PVFS – Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome – CFIDS ? No matter which name or abbreviation you use, the illness affects people of different ages, backgrounds, race, and most other characteristics you may choose to consider.
The illness often follows a period of viral infection, but some sufferers experience a gradual decline into the illness.
Many sufferers experience all or at least some of the following symptoms to differing levels of severity:
- blurred vision
- decreased concentration levels
- disturbed sleep patterns
- incapacitating pain
- increased sensitivity to light, smell, sound and touch
- decline in clarity and coherence of speech
- memory impairment
- muscle weakness and spasms
- painful joints & muscles
- severe fatigue
- stomach and digestive problems
For a lucky few the illness has limited effect, but others experience major disruption to their lifestyle and may become house or bed-bound and totally reliant on their carers for months or years.
Some sufferers make a slow recovery to near optimum health, others make a partial recovery and may suffer relapses, others remain seriously affected by the chronic illness for many years..