Anna spends 22 hours a day in bed. But experts hope they’re close to a cure

 

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By Melissa Cunningham in The Sydney Morning Herald.

 

Anna Kerr often spends up to 22 hours a day in a darkened room unable to get out of bed.

Following her first pregnancy, the Thornbury mother-of-two felt something was amiss. At first, it was a newfound reaction to wine and coffee, triggering nausea, weakness and heart palpitations.

Then came the endless and unexplained bouts of illness, like a re-occurring flu or virus that she couldn’t shake, compounded by a sensitivity to bright light and sound. Some episodes were so severe she was bedridden.

Ms Kerr has myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), a profoundly stigmatised and widely misunderstood condition, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

 

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