Saturday, 2 July 2011

Symptoms of ME - General Overview

ME results in varying sets of symptoms. The main list set that appears common to various ME websites tend to include the following:

- a delayed and prolonged fatigue after moderate exercise

- muscle and joint pain

- sore throat and headaches

- forgetfulness, memory loss, confusion, or difficulty concentrating

- sleep disturbances - waking up feeling tired or unrested or having trouble getting to sleep

- flu-like symptoms

- palpitations

- dizziness and nausea

- sweating

- muscle twitching

- irritable bowel syndrome symptoms such as constipation or diarrhoea and bloating

- mood swings

You may not show every one of these symptoms. For example, I don't get joint pain, I don't get palpatations, and I don't think I have mood swings (maybe you'd have to ask someone else that question!) I also can't claim memory loss, since I think I have a pretty sharp recollection of most things that have happened. However, I do get pretty much all the other symptoms occuring regularly, with lack of energy, sore throat and fever being the constant ones, and nausea and irritable bowel syndrome having become the main secondary symptoms.

In trying to narrow down what was the cause of my illness (and it was essentially a self-diagnosis through extensive Internet searching), it was clear that there were several other conditions which share a lot of similar symptoms to ME. If you are enroute to trying to work out if you have ME or not, you should consider getting the following conditions excluded as well as anything else your physician might think necessary: diabetes, thyroid disorders, a wheat allergy, rheumatoid arthritis.

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