Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
Introduction to ME/CFS - Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
ME/CFS, is a serious, complex, chronic multi-system illness that can profoundly affect the lives of people who develop it.
ME/CFS affects patients in a number of different ways. It can involve a wide range of symptoms that include overwhelming fatigue, malaise, headaches, sleep disturbances, muscle and joint pains.
Symptoms also often include cognitive difficulties, such as impaired concentration and problems with word finding. Studies have shown that the condition affects many body systems, particularly the immune, endocrine, and nervous system.
The pattern and intensity of symptoms vary from person to person and symptoms are unpredictable in their nature.
More on what we do
We offer a holistic assessment following referral from a GP and this determines suitability for the service. Intervention is patient centred and can include either one-to-one or group sessions.
We provide information and advice about self-management strategies for ME/CFS. These cover areas such as activity management, effective rest, sleep hygiene, the impact of thoughts and stress.
We also give advice on how to manage the condition within the work environment.
Currently the team consists of specialist occupational therapists with many years of experience in this field of work.
As well as working with patients directly referred to the service, we also offer advice, support, and training to other health professionals.
We closely network with other ME/CFS services in the South West and regularly update our knowledge on research, developments and practice within this field.