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Questions in the Category: Fits

Symptoms: Fits and Seizures

ME Essential Summer 2022

My wife, who is in her mid forties and has had moderate to severe ME/CFS for over 10 years, recently had a very strange episode where she started shaking and lost consciousness for a short while. She was taken by ambulance to hospital where the doctors thought she may have had an epileptic fit. She was discharged the following day and then saw a neurologist who has arranged for investigations – including an MRI scan – as there is still some uncertainty over whether this was an epileptic fit. Are fits more likely to occur in people with ME/CFS? And if so is there any specific form of treatment?

Charles Shepherd

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