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Health: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Volume 715: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government why myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is categorised as a non-organic disease; whether they plan to review that categorisation; and what are the treatments available to sufferers of ME. [HL379]

Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is categorised as a long-term neurological condition of unknown cause.

Although there is currently no effective treatment for CFS/ME, cognitive behavioural therapy, graded exercise therapy, pacing and other lifestyle changes, as well as medication to relieve pain and depression have proved useful for some patients.