For many people, ME/CFS is a variable and very individual illness with periods of relapse and relative recovery – which is why it is often described as a fluctuating medical condition. Even so, many people reach a point at which their condition stabilises to some degree – sometimes described as ‘a glass ceiling' – from which they may then find it very difficult to make any further significant and/or sustained progress. Within this model of outcome, exacerbations or flare-ups can be minor and relatively short-lived. Occasionally they are more severe and prolonged – when the term relapse is more appropriate.
Topics discussed in this leaflet include: What causes relapses and symptom exacerbations? Prevention: Activity Management, Infection, Stress, Symptom Control, Temperature Extremes, Trauma, Anaesthetics and Surgery, Medication, Menopause, Vaccinations, How to cope with a relapse, When to see the doctor, Helpful tips from the patient community.
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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