This Chronic Syndrome Affects Mainly Women & Is Really Hard To Diagnose

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By Katy Fallon in Refinery 29.

 

When I was a teenager, my mother fell ill with M.E. and I saw her struggle to get her symptoms recognised – even though she was a doctor herself.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is a chronic condition which affects 250,000 people in the UK and around 17 million people worldwide. Also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, sufferers often struggle to get their symptoms understood, with 39% of GPs in the UK reporting that it’s the single most challenging illness to diagnose.
The broad church of symptoms is part of the difficulty. They can vary from headaches and flu-like symptoms to back pain, nausea and cramps. People living with M.E will also usually experience symptoms with differing levels of severity.

 

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