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Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 1 December 2005
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.) 

In this week's edition of Check Up, Barbara Myers will be taking listeners' questions on chronic fatigue, or M.E. as it is popularly known.

Barbara's guest this week is Professor Leslie Findley, a neurologist with a special interest in chronic fatigue who runs one of the few clinics for sufferers in the country.

If you have a question about chronic fatigue, contact us by emailing the programme via this link, or calling 0870 010 0444 from 1.30pm - 3.30pm on the day of broadcast.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is now recognised as a diagnosable disease.

In 2002 it was identified by the Chief Medical Officer as a major health problem. 

It is the second most common reason for adolescents being off school.

Typical symptoms include exhaustion, prolonged recovery from any activity, recurrent sore throat, muscle pain, sleep disturbances, irritable bowel, and abnormal temperature control.

On average recovery takes four years, but around 1 in 5 sufferers never get back to their original state of health.

Treatment depends on the individual, and doctors have a variety of ways of helping their patients, from graded exercise regimes to cognitive behavioural therapy.

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