This leaflet considers what to expect from a diagnosis of ME/CFS in terms of disability, improvement, recovery, and quality of life, based on research evidence and clinical opinion.
“Prognosis is a forecast, based on clinical experience and research, of the likely course of a medical condition. It can help determine what you might expect from a diagnosis.
“However, it is very difficult predicting outcomes in each individual, especially with a condition like ME/CFS that can affect people differently…
“Studies that have examined functional status and quality of life measures confirm that the scale of impairment across a range of physical and mental activities can be just as great or greater than in many other chronic medical conditions…”
Topics discussed in this leaflet, include:
- Prevalence: How many people are affected by ME/CFS in the UK?
- Prognosis: What are the chances of recovering?
- What factors are believed to influence prognosis?
- Research into Prognosis
- Quality of Life
- What can I expect my life quality to be following diagnosis?
- Age and Illness Duration
- Mental Health
- Permanent Ill-Health
- Professional Opinion – Dr Charles Shepherd
- Research References
- You might also like to read: ME/CFS – Disability Classification & Illness Severity Definitions
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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