M.E. usually starts after a viral illness (hence it is sometimes called Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome) and is recognised as a neurological condition by the World Health Organisation.
However, perhaps because it is a largely invisible illness with routine tests usually being normal (although research has found many subtle abnormalities), sufferers often face many difficulties getting appropriate support and treatment.
Through our various activities and awareness campaigns we strive to improve the situation for people with M.E. and to give them information to empower themselves.
The group, which has been run entirely by volunteers for the last eight years, currently has over 400 members, from the estimated 10,000 sufferers in the Republic of Ireland (many of whom, unfortunately, remain undiagnosed).
The aims of the Group are:
- To offer support for sufferers and carers.
- To provide up-to-date information.
- To promote greater understanding and awareness of ME/CFS in the general public, medical profession and other related services.
- To raise money for research.
Irish ME/CFS Association
P.O. Box 3075, Dublin 2.
Tel: (01) 2350965 (This is an answering machine - usually checked several times daily)
Fax: (01) 4968360