ME/CFS – Prognosis, Permanency & Quality of Life

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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.

Description

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

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.

ME CONNECT HELPLINE

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.