Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME: Support for Family and Friends

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As well as extreme tiredness, people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/ME experience a range of other symptoms, including pain, headaches, impaired concentration and memory, sleep problems and anxiety. And the condition can be even harder to bear when family and friends don't understand what their loved one is going through.

This book has been written specifically for the family, friends and carers of people with CFS/ME. It looks at the impact a loved one's illness can have on...

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Overview

As well as extreme tiredness, people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/ME experience a range of other symptoms, including pain, headaches, impaired concentration and memory, sleep problems and anxiety. And the condition can be even harder to bear when family and friends don't understand what their loved one is going through.

This book has been written specifically for the family, friends and carers of people with CFS/ME. It looks at the impact a loved one's illness can have on those around them, and provides much-needed information and support in what is often a complex and confusing situation. The author covers the emotional, social and practical aspects of having a loved one with CFS/ME, explains how to handle changes in your relationship, how to manage stress and where to go for further help and support. A series of case studies offer practical advice from a wide range of people with mild, moderate and severe CFS/ME and their loved ones.

This is an invaluable resource that families, friends and carers of people with CFS/ME can turn to for help.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849051415
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Why I have written this book and who it is for 9

My story 11

The different levels of CFS/ME: mild, moderate and severe 12

The whole person: CFS/ME, the body and the mind 14

Chapter 1 What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME? 17

The different names for CFS/ME 17

The symptoms 20

The different stages of CFS/ME 23

What does it feel like to have CFS/ME? 28

Why has my friend/relative with CFS/ME not discussed this with me? 33

How is it diagnosed? 36

What causes CFS/ME? 41

Treatment and management strategies 46

Conclusion 50

Chapter 2 CFS/ME and You (the Friend or Family Member) 51

Your reaction to the news 52

Changes in your relationship with the sufferer 64

Being the main carer 68

Panner relationships 69

Brothers and sisters 74

Parents 75

Children 76

Friends 77

Colleagues 79

Communication 83

Support for you (the friend or family member) 93

Conclusion 96

Chapter 3 Supporting your Loved One to Cope with CFS/ME 97

Helping with the physical symptoms 98

Helping with the cognitive symptoms 108

Helping with the emotional effects 112

Other factors that make coping with CFS/ME harder 122

Helping with making positive changes: treatments and management strategies 125

Preventing relapse and staying stable 145

Other things that can help 149

Conclusion 152

Chapter 4 Ptactical Advice on How You Can Help with Everyday Life 153

Personal hygiene 154

Food and nutrition 156

Shopping 163

Mobility and travel 168

Domestic tasks, DIY and gardening 176

Money, employment and work 179

Caring responsibilities 185

Socialising and communication 187

Conclusion 197

Chapter 5 The Top Ten Tips on How You Can Help 199

Final note from the author 206

References 207

Resources 209

Index 236

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