ME Association

Early and accurate diagnosis of M.E.

People with ME symptoms should not wait to get better but MUST urgently seek help – to 'catch' their illness before it develops into something more serious. At the heart of this project is a campaign for early and accurate diagnosis.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (801279)

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There's no set test for M.E. It can be difficult to diagnose. Many people are left undiagnosed for months, even years, in a state of worsening health before they receive their diagnosis. By this time it 's too late to take some simple self-help measures to improve their chances of recovery. The outcome can be continuing decline in health, inability to work or even function well within the family. M.E. affects 250,000 adults and children in the UK. The loss to our nation's health is appalling


We will produce some simple materials to launch a 'Diagnose M.E. Quickly' campaign aimed at doctors and other health and social care professionals, while at the same time achieving 'buy in' to the campaign itself from people with the illness, their carers, relatives and other interested parties. We have applied for a BBC R4 Appeal to coincide with the campaign and will also seek to make it part of the national news agenda during ME Awareness Week in May 2016.