ME Awareness: Failure To Accurately Diagnose Can Lead To Lifetime Of Misery And Suffering



By Debbie Mckno in the ME Awareness website.

My name is Debbie. Here is the story of my long, exhausting, and difficult battle to get diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

From 17 years old, I was told by doctors, “You are just run down.” I had constant infections, viruses, and chronic tonsillitis.

Feeling as though I always had the flu, I’d visit the GP, who prescribed more antibiotics, stating that I needed to be on them permanently for recurrent infections.

Eventually, I had my tonsils removed, and the sore throats did stop. At the time, I was hoping I would be on my way to recovery. I was twenty-one.

However, the fatigue and multiple vague symptoms remained along with the flu-like feeling and constant muscle aches.

I would be in bed for a few days, feeling very ill, then recover, only for the symptoms to flare again a couple of weeks later.


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