For many people, M.E. 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. In this leaflet we explain what you can expect from a relapse, likely causes, and how to manage a setback in your health.
“For many people, M.E. 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?
- Activity Management
- Symptom Control
- Temperature Extremes
- Anaesthetics and Surgery
- 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.
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.