This week is ME awareness week. ME stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis and is a multi-faceted neurological condition, with the main symptoms being unexplained pain and fatigue. People who have been diagnosed with this condition may have been told that there is no cure, that it’s all in their heads and to accept and live with the condition.
ME is a complex chronic health problem which takes time to unravel and get to the root cause, in order to become well again. Nutrition and lifestyle interventions have been used successfully by people all over the world to help them improve their quality of life and even recover from chronic exhaustive conditions, like ME. As well as nutritional support, people with chronic exhaustive conditions may need physical/relaxation therapies, stress management and help dealing with past trauma. I have undergone training with the Chrysalis Effect, a programme which supports ME sufferers. Working as part of a Chrysalis Effect team of other therapists and practitioners, I will be able to get the support needed for each area that needs to be addressed.
If you know someone who is suffering from ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, there may not be any outward signs of illness; however that person may be struggling on a daily basis. Ask how you can support them. Listen to them and trust when they are telling you how low their energy levels are. Keep in touch and let them know you are there for them. Many people with this condition feel that they are not heard and not given the support they need. Don't doubt them.