Everyone gets fatigued or tired at times – it's a perfectly normal part of human life. But, for people with ME/CFS, fatigue, and lack of energy, can be overwhelming and cause significant functional impairment. It's important to define what we mean by fatigue and fatiguability in ME/CFS and the way in which it differs from the ‘chronic fatigue' that occurs in a wide range of medical and psychiatric illnesses.
Topics discussed in this leaflet include: Fatigue and fatiguability in ME/CFS, What is fatigue? What causes fatigue in ME/CFS? What has the research told us? Can ME/CFS fatigue be treated with drugs? Self-help management options, the pros and cons of cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy, Additional information.
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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