Chronic fatigue syndrome causes constant feelings of tiredness and exhaustion which does not go away with sleep. The condition is also known as ME which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis. The underlying cause is an inflammation of the myelin sheath which protects the spinal cord and brain. The disease affects the quality of life in sufferers and can cause disability. Many people do improve over time. Although children can be affected it commonly manifests in women in their early 20s to mid-40s. It is more common in women than men and it is unknown exactly what causes the condition to develop.
Symptoms can be mild to severe and can include reduced mobility, disturbed sleep and difficulty concentrating. Many sufferers merely need a few days off work to rest but can take care of themselves on a day to day basis. Others need specialist care or are unable to work at all. Diagnosis is given when the symptoms are not explained by any other condition and are experienced continuously. Treatment is a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy and exercise programmes designed to improve quality of life. Medication for the pain and sleep disturbances may be given. A failure to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome may result in suffering and pain which goes unexplained for a long period of time.
Quality of life with ME
A failure to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome may result in a poorer quality of life for a sufferer and could also affect them financially. You may have suffered for a long period of time due to a delay in diagnosis which may mean that you have reduced mobility and cannot work. Exercises and therapies which are provided to sufferers may not be provided to you if you go undiagnosed and you may suffer from stress as a result of sleep disturbances. If you have suffered a failure to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome then you may be able to claim for compensation where there is evidence that medical negligence took place.
How to make your medical negligence claim
As a law firm which has been in operation for almost 14 years, Accident Advice Helpline has helped thousands of victims of medical negligence to claim compensation for their suffering. If you have suffered a delay in diagnosis and you went without treatment, you may have experienced a poorer quality of life. Where there is evidence that negligence took place, we can help you to win a cash payout to help you financially. Call us on our free 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to discuss pursuing your claim.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown