Fatigue and Fatigability

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For many with ME/CFS, fatigue and loss of energy can be overwhelming and cause significant functional impairment. This leaflet will help you understand what we mean by fatigue and fatiguability and the way in which it differs from the ‘chronic fatigue' that occurs in a wide range of medical and psychiatric illnesses.

Everyone gets fatigued or tired at times – it's a perfectly normal part of human life. But, for people with ME/CFS, fatigue, and lack of energy, can be overwhelming and cause significant functional impairment. It's important to define what we mean by fatigue and fatiguability in ME/CFS and the way in which it differs from the ‘chronic fatigue' that occurs in a wide range of medical and psychiatric illnesses.

Topics discussed in this leaflet include: Fatigue and fatiguability in ME/CFS, What is fatigue? What causes fatigue in ME/CFS? What has the research told us? Can ME/CFS fatigue be treated with drugs? Self-help management options, the pros and cons of cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy, Additional information.

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.

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