Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which is also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a chronic illness characterised by a host of symptoms, particularly extreme tiredness.
Other common symptoms are pain, insomnia, headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms and problems with memory and concentration.
There is no one treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) and treatment to relieve the symptoms is tailored to you. Typically, treatment will involve a combination of:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which refers to a range of talking/counselling based therapies which focus on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour. The aim of CBT is to help you to accept your condition and to develop coping skills.
- Medication is prescribed to help address symptoms such as pain, nausea and insomnia. One of the most common medications used is Amitriptyline, which is a tricyclic antidepressant. Despite its antidepressant label, it can aid sleep and help to relieve muscle pain.
- Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) is a structured exercise programme that begins slowly and increases over time. It should be a programme that is tailored to your needs by a trained therapist. It usually involves exercises such as walking or swimming which, whilst gentle, nevertheless increases your heart rate. Achievement goals are set which increase over time. GET has been the subject of some controversy. Whilst many experts argue that it is proven and safe, it has been argued that it can lead to serious relapses.
“I really can’t imagine where I’d be now if I hadn’t found you. You’re so kind and understanding. If it hadn’t been for your constant encouragement I don’t think I’d have been able to see the claim through. Thank you so much.” EF (£146,000 recovered), October 2017
Vitamins B9 (Folic Acid) and B12
Vitamin B12 plays an important role in ensuring the normal function of the brain and the nervous system.
Folic acid, which is also known as vitamin B9 or folate, is most commonly associated with pregnant women, who take it as a supplement during pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects in the developing child.
Research has demonstrated that the benefits of taking folic acid in conjunction with vitamin B12 were particularly beneficial to those diagnosed as suffering both ME and Fibromyalgia. It was also found that higher doses of these supplements led to a greater reduction in symptoms.
But a word of caution…it was also found that those who took folic acid and vitamin B12 in addition to daily doses of certain medications – Duloxetine, Pregabalin and opiate-based painkillers – benefitted less from taking the supplements. Despite that, doctors treating both ME and Fibromyalgia commonly explore with their patients ways of incorporating these supplements into their daily medication regime.
In recent years, as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) has gained mainstream acceptant, specialist services have become available. Typically, these services adopt a multi-disciplinary approach, with input from:
- specialist doctors and nurses;
- occupational therapists;
- cognitive behavioural therapists;
A problem shared…
Understandably, many people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) would say that they exist rather than live with the condition. Extreme tiredness and other symptoms means that carrying out everyday activities is very difficult and often impossible. Whilst lifestyle changes can help to a limited extent it can also be helpful to talk to and share your experiences with other sufferers.
There are many online forums and groups and in the UK and the ME Association is proactive in supporting sufferers and providing information and other resources.
“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.