The majority of people with ME/CFS will experience pain that will likely impact their functional ability and quality of life. In this leaflet we discuss the various types of pain and how they can best be managed.

Pain, can occur in many different forms in ME/CFS and impact on functional ability and quality of life. Although a small but significant minority experience no pain at all during the course of their illness, the majority – probably around 80% – do. In this leaflet, we review the various forms of pain and examine how each might be managed.

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.

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