May 12: ME/CFS Awareness Day
What is it?
Myalgic encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (or ME/CFS) is a complicated and debilitating illness that affects at least 105,000 Australians. It is characterised as extreme fatigue that lasts for more than 6 months. ME/CFS is a poorly understood condition and is diagnosed based on exclusion of other medical conditions.
Symptoms of ME/CFS can vary and can even change from day to day. They can affect numerous systems in the body including the brain, heart, nervous system, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems. In addition to the extreme fatigue, other symptoms can include:
-brain fog or problems with memory and thinking skills
-dizziness with changes in positions, such as going from lying to standing
-sensory difficulties with light, sound, touch or odours
-headaches, muscle aches, spasms or weakness
-gut issues such as nausea or impaired function
How we can help
At Auscare, we understand how even completing everyday tasks can be difficult with ME/CFS. We strive to work with each individual to set a realistic plan for their specific needs and goals. There is no current cure for ME/CFS however we believe we can assist in the tools needed to help manage this complex condition. Our treatment plan will consist of establishing the individual goals that are important to each person. These goals can range from social goals to functional and exercise goals.
Guided treatment plans combined with exercise therapy are crucial in helping to reach each goal and manage symptoms. Building up an exercise tolerance can assist in daily tasks around the home just as much as they can outside the home or in the gym. Building that tolerance also helps to build confidence and a feeling of control. This helps to manage symptoms and can make a huge difference in quality of life and enjoyment of day to day activities.
If you have any questions about ME/CFS or how we can help, please call the team at Auscare Physiotherapy.