ME/CFS is a clinically defined condition characterised by severe, disabling fatigue and a combination of other symptoms which are made worse by exercise.
ME/CFS affects those of any age, gender or ethnicity. For some sufferers the effects may be minimal but in a large number lives are changed drastically. For young people education can be severely disrupted and for many adults employment becomes impossible. For all, social life and family life become restricted and in some cases severely strained. Sufferers may be housebound or confined to bed for months or years.
There are many different symptoms which are not all experienced at the same time or by all sufferers. The main ones are: