The Lived Experience of Severe ME
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From a letter to Nick Clegg
I wrote to Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister , yesterday. Here is an extract :
"Before the Election you set out the excellent Liberal Democrat position on
"The Liberal Democrats have long argued that
funding and research must be focused on the `bio-medical' factors
involved and not just simply managing the `psychological' issues.
Whilst I welcome the fact that NICE conducted an investigation into
ME/CFS, I do understand and empathise with the concerns raised about the
findings. The recommendation that patients with ME/CFS be treated using
an `Activity Management Programme' made up of Cognitive Behavioural
Therapy and Graded Exercise Therapy does not follow the World Health
Organisation guidelines which categorise ME as a neurological condition.
In failing to recognise the bio-medical problems of ME sufferers, the
NICE guidelines also fail to recognise the needs of ME sufferers.
To help address the unique challenges posed by a complex and poorly
defined condition like ME, the Liberal Democrats believe in the
establishment of an independent scientific committee to oversee all
aspects of ME research. We would also like to see the government and the
Medical Research Council work with ME sufferers and biomedical
researchers in order to achieve a proper understanding of the condition,
challenge unjust perceptions and consider the issue of research funding.
Whilst we welcome the establishing of local centres to focus on ME, we
feel the NHS is still too centralised and too unresponsive to the needs
of patients and families. We believe the special needs of those
suffering conditions like ME can be better addressed by empowering
patients and making the NHS more accountable at local level."
For the first time in many years I have a sense of hope. I am writing
to urge you to use your position in Government to help bring about
the biomedical investigations , tests, treatments , consultants and
respect for this disease, that are so desperately needed for ME
As long as ME is shackled to "fatigue" and a mental health
interpretation , without proper or adequate diagnostic criteria and
as long as psychiatrists who view ME as either non-existent or a
mental-health condition continue to advise key Government groups, ME
research and provision will be seriously undermined by this as well
as by the vested interests raised by the Gibson Parliamentary
Inquiry, but never addressed.
Please help us and all ME sufferers. Please promote the much needed
changes in attitude and practice required. My wife does not want to
die, as so many have done already, from ME.
This Election has been all about change. Change cannot come soon
enough for ME sufferers and carers like myself."
The psychiatric abuse of Children with ME : some notes from the literature Greg Crowhurst 19 th August 2011 It is not that easy gathering together the information on this subject; yet it is so important ! The quotes below are the result of a lengthy search I have conducted. All the material is publically available, I have tried to follow copyright restrictions where stated. 1. “The number of parents in the UK being threatened by doctors who say they will report families to child protection agencies has doubled in the last year. Fifteen year old Leanne Murray has severe ME and struggles with a range of unpredictable symptoms of ME including nausea, muscle pains, post exertion fatigue and light sensitivity. “ When Lorraine took her to hospital with chest pains, doctors said there was nothing they could do. Leanne was sent home with no treatment and the consultant reported her mum to social services. A week later a social worker arrived on their doorstep in Coatbrid
Response to BACME (British Association for ME/CFS) Working Group on Severe CFS/ME Shared Clinical Practice Document Version 1 When you work with someone who has Severe ME you need to be more sensitive and aware than you can possibly imagine. Harm, even death for some, may follow poor treatment, care and ignorance. The frailty of someone with Severe/Very Severe ME cannot be exaggerated nor adequately described. You need to take the greatest of care. The problem with this BACME document is its underlying psychosocial values and attitudes. If you expect a person to get better, that will be your intention, that will be your goal, that is going to influence all your thoughts and actions in your caring role, especially if you set goals or limit care over time. The care provided by someone with a biomedical understanding of Severe ME is going to be funda-mentally different, however much the starting point of care might appear to be similar in this document, to the person who h
Pity Franz Kafka, who wrote to his love, in 1920 that “I’m mentally ill, the disease of the lungs is nothing but an overflowing of my mental disease.” (Sontag 1978) He actually had Tuberculosis. How awful it must be to have lived with the burden that you have been told that are severely sick because you think you are. (Sontag 1978) Pity Napoleon, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert A. Taft and Hubert Humphrey, whose cancer “was diagnosed as the reaction to political defeat and the curtailing of their ambitions. How awful it must be to be seen as a “cancer personality”; as a “loser”. These days, it is incomprehensible that TB and Cancer were once seen as a mental illness! But how can it be that the WHO classified, yet poorly understood physical disease, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, a disease that places a greater physical burden on patients than schizophrenia, cancer, stroke, multiple sclerosis and Type I diabetes, (Johnson 2015) is widely regarded as mental illness by medicine, when there i