Tyne and Wear
Welcome to Tyne and Wear ME/CFS Support group an independent, charitable organisation run by volunteers, the majority of whom have ME/CFS. To access the website please select a link from the menu to the left of the page.
What is ME/CFS
ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) also known as CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) is a chronic, disabling illness that affects both children and adults world -wide. It is estimated that 150,000 to 250,000 people in the UK have ME/CFS to varying degrees. Of this estimate 25% are severely affected i.e. housebound and or bed bound. There are approximately 25,000 sufferers who are children.
ME/CFS was classified as a disease of the Nervous system by the World Health Organisation in the 1980’s. However following the recent publication of the Government Working Party Report the cause and process of the disease are not so clearly defined. With time a greater awareness of the way in which this life-altering illness affects sufferers and their carers has developed, as has the recognition that for every sufferer there is at least one other persons’ life altered: partner, child, parent or friend.
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