By Adriane Tillman in #MEAction.
Exercise protocols prescribed for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) were powerful enough for Cherry to ignore the physiological realities of her disease. Cherry is now 100 percent bedridden.
When 16-year-old Cherry from North London began the treatment prescribed for her myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) in 2013, she was able to walk to her local hospital’s Fatigue Clinic. Her consultant had fast-tracked Cherry to immediately begin sessions of Graded Exercise Therapy (GET), one of the main treatments recommended by the NHS in the UK, in which patients work to gradually increase their activity and exercise levels.
It quickly became clear, however, that pushing herself to build her activity levels was worsening Cherry. After six months of trying to push herself to sustain this programme, Cherry had to send her mother to her six-month review consultation as she had become too weak to leave her bed, and had increasing neurological symptoms such as severe, daily headaches.
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