Symptoms – Pain: Coping with Pain in ME


The vast majority of people with M.E. will experience pain of some sort and of some severity that will likely impact on their quality of life. In this leaflet we discuss the various types of pain and how they can best be managed.


“Although a small but significant minority of people with M.E. experience no pain at all during the course of their illness, the vast majority – probably around 80% – do.

“When pain occurs, it can do so in many different forms, and with varying degrees of severity…”

Topics discussed in this leaflet, include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Headaches
  • Pain severities
  • Research into pain
  • General principles of pain management
  • Drug treatments
  • Alternative and complementary treatments
  • Hospital pain clinics

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.