From The House of Commons Hansard.
[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair]
Carol Monaghan (Glasgow North West) (SNP)
I beg to move,
That this House has considered the PACE trial and its effect on people with ME.
It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone.
“The doctor doesn’t see me crawl on the floor. The doctor doesn’t know I don’t shower every day or brush my teeth twice a day like everyone else. He isn’t aware of my frequent sore throats, my poor balance, my difficulties with reading, my muscle twitches, or my sound intolerance, and he certainly wasn’t here to nurse me when once I was too weak to eat.”
Those are the words of a junior doctor living with ME, who alongside nearly 1,000 others has contacted me prior to this debate.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME, has been described in many ways, but labels such as chronic fatigue syndrome or post-viral fatigue syndrome simply do not come close to the living hell experienced by many ME sufferers—a hell that is made worse by the lack of understanding that is faced when seeking help.
ME is estimated to affect about 250,000 people in the UK and is classified by the World Health Organisation as a disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms can include debilitating muscle pain, severe headaches that are often made worse by light or noise, significant impairment of short-term memory and post-exertion malaise that can last days and even weeks.
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