What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is one of a number of conditions caused by changes to the central nervous system (CNS). When this happens, the CNS becomes highly sensitive, requiring less stimulation to provoke symptoms such as overwhelming fatigue, pain, insomnia, headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms and problems with memory and concentration.
Others conditions caused by central sensitisation include Fibromyalgia, Coccydynia and Da Costa’s Syndrome. Doctors now recognise that these conditions all belong to the same group with a shared underlying cause. To that extent, the various diagnostic ‘tags’ are now considered unhelpful because their use suggests the existence of entirely different conditions, when in reality there is a lot of overlap. For example, many of our clients diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are concurrently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
New, more general, names have now been coined to help address the confusion, but have yet to be widely accepted or used; most commonly ‘central sensitisation syndrome’.
“When my ME returned with a vengeance following a road accident I was so lucky to find Bruce Dyer and BLB. Bruce is so knowledgeable, understanding and supportive. The other side fought the claim tooth and nail but Bruce was always so positive and we came through in the end.” AS (£282,500 recovered), October 2017
Fortunately, unlike in the past, these conditions are now generally accepted by doctors as genuine and a broad consensus agrees they are associated with abnormalities of neural processing within the central nervous system resulting in normal bodily sensations being perceived as unpleasant and distressing. Chemical, electrical, physical and functional changes have been identified in the brains of sufferers. In other words, objective signs have been recognised. A number of factors are thought to be involved in making some people more susceptible, including genetics.
Just like other conditions of central sensitisation, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can develop following an accident or injury. If that happens you may be entitled to compensation.
“I have to say that at first I was sceptical that you really understood what I was going through but you’ve proved that you absolutely do know your onions! Thank you for everything.” MP (£185,000 recovered), January 2018
Why do you need a specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Solicitor?
Over the years, we have worked with many people who, following an accident, have developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and/or other conditions of central sensitisation. As a result we have developed not only an unrivalled understanding of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but also excellent working relationships with many of the country’s leading medical experts in the condition. As Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Solicitors, this is knowledge and expertise we use daily for our clients’ benefit.
We understand the fundamental importance of seeking early specialist treatment and are regularly able to arrange funding for both treatment and to keep your head above water financially until your claim settles.
In summary, what you can expect when you instruct us is:
- access to the leading experts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to get you the specialist medical help you so desperately need;
- regular requests for early interim payments to help you financially and to fund the cost of treatment and rehabilitation as recommended by the medical experts;
- consideration as to whether you would benefit from a medically qualified case manager to co-ordinate your treatment, rehabilitation, purchase of specialist equipment and any adaptations to your home.
What will happen when you call us?
For a free, confidential discussion, contact us either using the form at the bottom of this page, or call us on 01225 462871.
One of our specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Solicitors will be waiting to speak with you. They will be able to talk through your situation and make a realistic assessment of how we can maximise your compensation and, crucially, help you to obtain the early, specialist treatment you need.