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The group works well with both illnesses as we share many of the same symptoms. This causes much merriment between us all when we cannot remember what our names are etc. You see we do have all the problems you have!

M.E. affects people in a variety of ways.

Common symptoms being:

  • Muscle weakness and pain (especially in the shoulders, upper arms, thighs)
  • Muscle twitching
  • Blurred vision
  • Numbness/pins and needles
  • Tender swollen lymph nodes (particularly underarms and neck)
  • Joint pain
  • Poor circulation (cold hands and feet)
  • Chronic sore throat (often with recurrent flu-like symptoms)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome  
  • Sensitivities (to light, touch, food, chemicals, perfume, paint etc.)
  • Alteration of taste and smell
  • Headaches
  • Rashes
  • Dryness of mucous membranes (throat, mouth, eyes)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Uncomfortable or frequent urination
  • Cognitive problems
  • Memory loss
  • Poor concentration 'Foggy' thinking
  • Difficulty speaking and choosing words appropriately (for example saying, black when you mean white)
  • Poor memory
  • Interrupted sleep patterns
  • Depression, mood swings & anxiety
  • Feeling 'disoriented'
  • Personality changes (usually a worsening of a previous mild tendency)

Fibromyalgia has many of the same symptoms as M.E, some other symptoms include:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Lack of R.E.M sleep
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty judging distances and widths
  • Blurred Vision
  • Intolerance to alcohol
  • Dry mouth & eyes