Management – Relapses, Exacerbations & Flare-ups

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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.

Description

“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?
  • 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.

Please note this 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.