M.E. awareness day - 12th May

M.E. awareness day - 12th May

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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is a chronic neurological condition that affects the nervous and immune systems in suffers. People can experience varying degrees of pain, insomnia and extreme exhaustion. Which explains why M.E is also referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Sam from actionforme.org.uk explains:

“It’s like having glandular fever, taking your glandular fever on an all-night drinking binge, then taking your glandular fever and your hangover and doing a 30km forced march over the Brecon Beacons. The way you would feel at the end of that is how it feels to have M.E. every day. It is like being on a carousel: you have ups and downs but you can never get off.”

M.E affects around 250,000 people in the UK, and around 17 million people worldwide.

Sadly, it’s not fully understood what causes M.E, but possible causes can include infection, problems with your immune system or even hormonal disruption.

So, what can be done to help people suffering from ME?

At present the NHS states treatment options are:

·        Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

·        A structured exercise programme called graded exercise therapy (GET)

·        Medicine to control pain, nausea and sleeping problems which consist of over the counter pain killers or anti depressants.

A number of our customers suffer from M.E and we have heard first hand just how challenging it is. Bud & Tender support the awareness of M.E and we will continue to help as best we can. 

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