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M.E. Awareness Day 2014

by Action for M.E. category: Charity

“Many symptoms, too little research, no proven cure. It's M.E. Awareness Day: read the facts, spread the word #MECFS http://thndr.it/1i9ovmY

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This campaign ended on May 12, 2014 at 12PM

M.E. Awareness Day 2014

What is M.E.?

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is a long-term (chronic) fluctuating illness that affects many parts of the body, more commonly the nervous and immune systems. It may be diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Symptoms vary from person to person but can include:

  • physical and mental exhaustion (fatigue), which feels very different to ordinary tiredness
  • post-exertional malaise: this means that any physical or mental activity can bring on an increase in symptoms, but not straight away
  • intense muscle or joint pain
  • inability to speak or concentrate
  • extreme flu-like symptoms
  • sleep disturbance
  • dizziness and/or nausea
  • hyper-sensitivity to light and sound.

Many people still believe that M.E. is “all in the mind.” This is simply untrue. Research has found potential biomarkers (physical evidence) for M.E. but much more research needs to be done to confirm the cause (or causes) – and a cure.

Why should I care?

M.E. can affect anyone. It doesn’t care how old or young you are, or where you come from. People of any age, including children, can get M.E. It currently affects 1 in 250 people in the UK alone.

Some manage to struggle on with their lives. Others spend most of their time bed bound or housebound, unable to perform basic functions unaided.

One of the biggest frustrations expressed by people with M.E. is that family, friends, the media and even doctors often don't believe their illness is real, or fail to understand just how debilitating it is. With your help, we can change this.

Read the facts and spread the word at 

http//www.actionforme.org.uk/get-involved/raise-awareness/read-the-facts-spread-the-word.htm

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Action for M.E. strives to empower people with M.E. to fulfil their potential and secure the care and support they need, while working towards a greater understanding of the illness and ultimately a cure.

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