Myalgic encephalomyelitis Chronic fatigue syndrome

This condition is characterised by extreme disabling fatigue that has lasted for at least six months and is made worse by physical or mental exertion and is not resolved by bed rest. The symptom of fatigue is often accompanied by some of the following: muscle pain or weakness, poor coordination, joint pain, slight fever, sore throat, painful lymph nodes in the neck and armpits, depression, inability to concentrate and general malaise.

IN PRACTICE

In the case of a client with sciatica, avoid unnecessary manipulation and check couch for comfort. Be aware that climbing or lying on the couch can produce pain. Relaxation and massage can be helpful and the aim in treatments should be to relax muscles and prevent spasms.

It can happen in any age group, but recently children and adolescents are noticed to have a higher incidence.

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