What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a condition that causes significant long term fatigue and other symptoms which can include muscle aches and pains. Physiotherapy can help to reduce some of the symptoms you are experiencing with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterised by severe and long term tiredness which does not improve after rest.
CFS / ME is a long term condition that can affect any age group but most commonly affects people in their 40s and 50s. It is more common in women than in men. Chronic fatigue syndrome can affect people in a variety of different ways and can vary a lot in severity and effect on daily living.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome vs Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome share a number of symptoms. These include:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Sleep disturbance
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Mental Fog
Fibromyalgia, in addition to these symptoms, cause localised trigger points (tender points) in the muscles, hypersensitivity and headaches rising form the base of the neck
Are CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia an Autoimmune Disease?
They are not classified as autoimmune as they don't have inflammatory markers, but they share many characteristics of autoimmune complaints.
How can Physiotherapy help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME, and Fibromyalgia?
It is typical to have flare-ups related to your condition and at Abbey Physiotherapy we can help you to manage these episodes.
Physiotherapy treatment may include:
- Pain management Advice
- Advice and Education
- Exercise progression tailored to your ability
Exercise for CFS/ ME and Fibromyalgia
Exercise is an important part of how Physiotherapy can help you with these conditions. important to start slowly and build up a gentle regime which can accommodate for any flare-ups. At Abbey Physiotherapy Clinic we can help to guide you through a programme to suit your individual condition and level.
The benefits of exercise can include:
- Reducing fatigue
- Reducing pain and stiffness
- Improving mood