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Generally ME sufferers experience a combination of muscle fatigue (myalgia), general malaise and cognitive dysfunction (encephalopathy), hence the name. However, the disease is infuriatingly more complex than this and some of the myriad symptoms are listed below.

The major symptoms of ME are
  • Overwhelming fatigue after minimal effort
  • A flu-like malaise
  • Painful muscles
  • Neurological problems affecting, for example, concentration and memory

The range of secondary symptoms experienced, which are not as debilitating but still frustrating and worrying are:
  • Enlarged lymph glands, most commonly in the neck
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Muscle twitches
  • Abnormal temperature control
  • Sleep problems
  • Irritable bowel and other gut disturbances

Some ideas as to why people experience these symptoms are outlined on the "Causes" page.
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All published data copyright by David Incoll 2001