Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a long term condition that causes persistent fatigue (exhaustion) that doesn’t go away with sleep or rest and affects everyday life. It most commonly affects the nervous and immune systems. Sometimes it is diagnosed as post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS).
People with ME-CFS experience severe fatigue associated with post-exertional malaise (PEM). This is when the body is not able to recover after using even small amounts of energy, leading to a flare up in symptoms. This fatigue feels very different to ordinary tiredness and may take a day or two to kick in after physical, mental or emotional exertion.
The symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME-CFS) vary from person to person, and there may be times when your symptoms improve and you’ll be able to do some everyday activities. At other times, symptoms may get worse, affecting your daily life.
If you experience new symptoms talk to your GP or specialist as the new symptoms may be unrelated to ME-CFS. Women often find that symptoms worsen at different times in their menstrual cycle. Not everyone will experience all of the symptoms but some of the common ones are listed below.
Severe and persistent fatigue or exhaustion most, or all of the time is one of the symptoms of ME-CFS that can help diagnosis. This feels very different from ordinary tiredness. Simple physical or mental activities, or combinations of activities, can leave people with chronic fatigue feeling completely exhausted and can also lead to an increase in other symptoms. This is known as post-exertional malaise (PEM) or is sometimes called “payback”. This is when the body isn’t able to recover after using even small amounts of energy.
Other symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include:
If pain, especially muscle pain, is more of a problem than fatigue, fibromyalgia, may need to be considered. Fibromyalgia is a separate condition with its own diagnosis.
Frustration, anxiety, low mood, and depression are sometimes experienced by people with chronic fatigue syndrome because of the impact of the condition and its symptoms on their lives. This does not mean that ME-CFS is a mental health condition.
Chronic fatigue can be associated with a lack of sleep; therefore diffuse (see below) during the night for 8 hours, the following pure oils: Cedarwood 5ml 10ml, Vetiver 5ml 10ml, and Roman Chamomile 5ml 10ml.
For intense body and muscle pain, topically apply the Sore Muscle and Massage Blend.
If you have to drink more than one capsule a day, spread them over the course of the day, never more than two capsules at a time. Spreading the capsules throughout the day assists the body with proper absorption. Always good to have a very small snack/fruit before drinking capsules.
Supplement with B-complex Vitamins, Magnesium and Potassium.
Diffuse 2-3 drops of each oil; maximum 10-12 drops in total, at a time, unless otherwise advised.