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ME / Chronic Fatigue

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There are a number of different names for what is an illness of uncertain cause, that affects many thousands - current estimates suggest 250,000 people in Britain.

  • Myalgic Encephalopathy or “ME” (a term which The ME Association feels is more appropriate than the original, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or “CFS”
  • Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome or “PVFS”
  • Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome or “CFIDS”.

All types of people and all ages can be affected. Severe and debilitating fatigue, painful muscles and joints, disordered sleep, gastric disturbances, poor memory and concentration are commonplace. In many cases onset is linked to a viral infection. Other triggers may include an operation or accident, although some people experience a slow, insidious onset.

Effects  In some the effects may be minimal but for many, lives are changed drastically: in the young, schooling and higher education can be severely disrupted; in the working population, employment becomes impossible for many. For all, social life and family life become restricted and in some cases severely strained. People may be housebound or confined to bed for months or years.

Prognosis  NB it is important to obtain a positive diagnosis from a qualified medical professional.

Most people with ME/CFS fall into one of four groups:

  • Those who manage to return to completely normal health, even though this may take a considerable period of time. The percentage falling into this category is fairly small.
  • The majority, who tend to follow a fluctuating pattern with both good and bad periods of health. Relapses or exacerbations are often precipitated by infections, operations, temperature extremes or stressful events.
  • A significant minority, who remain severely affected and may require a great deal of practical and social support.
  • A few who show continued deterioration, which is unusual in ME/CFS. When this occurs, a detailed medical assessment is advisable to rule out other possible diagnoses.

Research results indicate that ME/CFS often becomes a chronic and disabling illness, with complete recovery only occurring in a small minority of cases. The high level of disability associated with ME/CFS often stems from a combination of symptoms such as fatigue, pain, sleep disturbance, cognitive impairment, and, in some cases, an associated depression.

Studies of functional status and quality of life measures also confirm that the scale of impairment across a range of physical and mental activities can be just as great or greater than is seen in many other chronic medical conditions.

Treatment  There is currently no accepted cure and no universally effective treatment. Treatments which have helped reduce particular symptoms in some people have unfortunately proved ineffective or even counterproductive in others. An early diagnosis together with adequate rest during the acute phase and during any relapse appear to bring the most significant improvement.

Controversy  ME/CFS has attracted much controversy. For many years there was debate as to whether it was actually an illness at all. Many influential bodies (e.g. World Health Organisation, Department of Social Security, Department of Health, Royal Colleges of Physicians, Psychiatrists and General Practitioners) are now in agreement that it is real.

Two major questions occupy the minds of people involved: “What is it?” and “What is to be done about it?” While there is some consensus on what triggers ME/CFS, what then causes it to become chronic is a topic of hot debate. There are two schools of thought: one favours ‘psychiatric’ or ‘behavioural’ reasons: the other (supported by The ME Association) argues ‘physical’ reasons.

It is also possible that the illness currently defined as ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ is actually a number of different conditions, all characterised by similar symptoms. (A ‘syndrome’ characterises an illness by its symptoms, not by the underlying disease process.)

‘What is to be done about it?’ Until we have information there will remain a wide range of views on how people can be helped. Research into causes, treatment methods and cures continues. Treatment is often aimed at reducing symptoms and can encompass a range of ‘mainstream’ and ‘complementary’ methods, ranging through drugs, homoeopathy, behavioural therapies, acupuncture, diet changes and beyond.

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Mindfulness Course Ipswich

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Mindfulness Drop-in Ipswich

Monthly mindfulness practice re-charging sessions in Ipswich
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M'fulness Course Woodbridge

Group trainings dedicated to cultivating a personal/professional mindfulness practice
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Affordable Counselling

A team of Associate counsellors, with 'in-house' supervision, help us to help you when you genuinely can't afford counselling at market rates
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M'fulness DropIn Woodbridge

Monthly mindfulness practice re-charging sessions in Woodbridge
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We have a number of events that could help you with me / chronic fatigue

Mindfulness Drop-in group
Mindfulness in the presence of like-minded others
Monthly mindfulness practice re-charging session in Woodbridge
2019 Aug 07
Wed - 19:00 to 20:30 Online Discount
The 8 week Mindfulness training course
“You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn
Inspired by the original MBSR training program & further informed by an adaptation of MBSR known as the MBCT this is a professional standard, bootcamp opportunity to develop your own daily practice for personal or professional development
2019 Sep 16
Mon - 19:00 to 21:00
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The 8 week Mindfulness training course
“You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn
Inspired by the original MBSR training program & further informed by an adaptation of MBSR known as the MBCT this is a professional standard, bootcamp opportunity to develop your own daily practice for personal or professional development
2019 Sep 17
Tue - 17:30 to 19:30
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Day Retreat for Mindful Practitioners
Deepening in practice - a day of sustained engagement
A day for coming back to yourself - supported by others doing the same thing
2019 Nov 02
Sat - 10:00 to 17:00