CFS, also called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), comprises a range of symptoms including fatigue, malaise, headache, sleep disturbance, difficulties with concentration and muscle pain. There is great variability in the symptoms different people experience and they may fluctuate in severity and intensity.
The programme follows NHS guidelines for the management of CFS published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
The team consists of conventionally trained doctors, nurses, an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist, and a dietitian. The team has vast experience in treating people with this condition. As part of UCLH, the team also has access to a clinical psychologist.
Medical Assessment and care:
An initial assessment in carried out by a doctor. The diagnosis of CFS is made on the basis of detailed clinical assessment and tests other possible causes of fatigue.
The programme of treatment is individually tailored to help the individual manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life which will maximise the chances of recovery.
Components of the programme may include:
- Activity management
- Stress management
- Relaxation techniques
- Sleep management
- General dietetic advice
- Graded exercise therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
The programme takes place over 6 sessions.