To Those Who Think Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Is Just ‘Tiredness’

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By Hayley Green in The Mighty.

 

Tiredness. Everyone gets it. That feeling you have after a long day at work, or a restless nights sleep. We can all relate to it.

But myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), sometimes called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is just when you get tired easily… isn’t it? If you have some sleep or rest, you will feel better, surely? I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that. After all, this is what we have learned since we were children. If you’re tired, you sleep and then you feel better.

If only that were the case. I was diagnosed with ME age 23. I’d had a bad bout of tonsillitis and it left me exhausted. That exhaustion never left me.

When I was told I had chronic fatigue syndrome, I, too, assumed that I would just feel more tired than normal. Never did I think it would leave me so debilitated I would become housebound, barely able to carry out simple tasks of daily living.

 

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