What are the Symptoms of CFS/ME?
The short answer to this is ‘many and various‘, and it is common for people to have a different combination of symptoms from others also diagnosed with the illness. It is important to remember that while the illness is often life-changing, the symptoms are not life-threatening. Nevertheless, the symptoms can be very unpleasant, and it is their persistence that most people find so devastating.
The most usual effects are:-
- a debilitating fatigue, often after little or no effort, that is persistent and isn’t relieved by normal rest or sleep
- painful joints and muscles, and sometimes twitching muscles
- sensitivity to loud noise, bright lights and temperature extremes
- ‘mental fog’ – difficulties in comprehension, short term memory, and concentration
- headaches and sore throats
- flu-like symptoms, particularly after over-long activity
- digestive problems and nausea
- tender and swollen lymph glands
- mood extremes.
The symptoms can also appear in children, from a very early age right through into their teenage years.