The ME Association is a national charity that provides information and support to people with ME (chronic fatigue syndrome) in the UK.
ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy), which is sometimes misleadingly called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is an illness that blights the lives of 265,000 people in UK today. It’s more common in women than men, and can affect anyone of any age.
People with ME find that even the smallest exertion can floor them; their joints and muscles ache unbearably; restful sleep eludes them; and ‘brain fog’ clouds even the smallest judgment. ME changes not only the lives of those diagnosed drastically, but also the lives of those around them. ME can disrupt education; make employment impossible; and strain family relations to breaking point. People may be housebound or confined to bed for many months or years. There is no known cure for ME, and there is little agreement around what causes it.
Money raised by the ME Association goes to supporting those diagnosed to better manage, understand and survive their condition. The charity also supports research investigating the potential causes and treatments for ME.
We have a quarterly magazine and run the ME Connect helpline on 0844 576 5326 – open every day of the week: 10am-12noon, 2-4pm and 7-9pm.