M.E stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
It’s a scary word for an even scarier condition: and one we don’t yet know enough about.
It affects an estimated 250,000 men, women and children in the UK. Symptoms vary and can include intense exhaustion and chronic pain. For some, it is so severe that they can’t even leave their home or bed.
If this was you, you’d be desperate for treatment. But experts can’t even agree about what it is, let alone how to deal with it.
The main view is that it’s an auto-immune/neurological disease, similar to M.S.
But some argue that it is psycho-somatic.
This means that when you go to your GP, you can expect anything from concern and support to ridicule or disbelief. Which, when it takes all you’ve got to get out of bed, is quite a deterrent.