Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment ‘Should Be Withdrawn’

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A common treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome should be scrapped immediately, according to one of the UK’s leading experts in the illness.

Dr Charles Shepherd says graded exercise therapy (GET) can actually be harmful to some people.

He argues the idea of getting patients to do increasing amounts of exercise can lead to serious relapses.

Other health experts disagree and say GET is both proven and a safe method of treatment.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME.

The long-term illness affects around 250,000 people in the UK. It’s more common in women and the NHS says it tends to develop between your mid-20s and mid-40s. It can develop in your teens.

The effects can be totally devastating, leaving people bedbound for years. Despite its severity, the illness is still not well understood.

 

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