Mother describes son's anguish with ME

Help

Diana Newcombe's 20-year-old son Oliver went from being a fit and active student to becoming bed-bound and unable to speak after having the flu in 2009.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), is characterised by prolonged fatigue associated with symptoms such as muscle pain, headaches and sore joints.

The NHS watchdog NICE has produced guidelines on how to treat it, but some argue that it often still goes undetected.

Speaking to the BBC, Mrs Newcombe says Oliver was initially told he had depression.

Copyright © 2016 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.