This is unfortunately very true. M.E. does affect the full range of ages from young children to senior citizens. Some think that the most likely age group is around 30 years old, but whether this is because of the lifestyle of that age group (burning the candle at both ends so to speak) or some other contributing factor I'm afraid I do not have the answer to.
M.E. can affect anyone.
M.E. affects different people in different ways.
I think that this is the one thing that people find hard to understand about M.E. Not only to the patient but especially to the outsider looking in. How can case (A) just seemingly, be a bit tired and lethargic but still getting on with life. Case (B) rarely gets out of the house because of an inability to walk any distance, looks all right most of the time but does have the occasional bad day. Case (C) is, house bound, can be bedridden, a good day is just something they dream about, and invariably always looks ill. While case (D) is totally bedridden, only gets out of the house to go to hospital if they have to and even then they are confined to a wheelchair.
M.E. has many symptoms.
This I think depends on the severity of the M.E. and also what medication you are given to help you get through the worst days. You may be given medication for depression (very common) but what are the side effects to that medication? If your lucky it won't make any difference, but from experience I can say that's not how it works. You may be unlucky enough to suffer from the following, in no particular order. Muscle pains, chest pains, headaches, sickness, diarrhoea, dizzy turns, migraines, fatigue, depression, panic attacks, anxiety, giddy spells, cold sweats, neuralgia, toothache, lack of concentration, and terrible short term memory. That just about covers all my symptoms then, but there are those worse than me.
M.E. makes you more susceptible to diseases.
Well I think so anyway and from what I have read I am not alone. Catch a cold it hits you like the flu, catch a minor stomach bug you can forget about being all right in 24 hours, it will stay with you for days. What used to be a niggling headache is now a full blown migraine. And don't even get me started about toothache.
You get to meet idiots when you have M.E.
A sad fact of life, but unfortunately all the idiots I have encountered since I have had M.E. have been in the medical profession, take for example the following.
Idiot.- We can find nothing wrong with you, so just get up and get on with your life. Me.- If I could get up it would be you who would be needing this bed. Idiot.- The pain is all in your mind, pills don't help. Me.- If pain is in the head does that mean if I punch you in the (expletive deleted) mouth, that the pain will really only be in your mind. Same idiot.- Your M.E cant be that bad, I've seen people in wheelchairs you know. My Wife.- So if I wheeled him in here in a wheelchair does that mean you would treat him differently. Same Idiot.- (he was persistent) I would recommend that anyone with M.E. has a severe course of physiotherapy, but if I suggested this to you, you would probably hit me. ( I think he was getting the message at this point). Me.- There's no point in this conversation going on goodbye.