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Managing pain

Pain is a common problem for people who have M.E. It can be extremely
disabling and may worsen other symptoms, such as fatigue, anxiety, cognitive
difficulties like ‘brain fog’ and sleep disturbance. Chronic pain can also lead to low mood, depression and restriction of activity.

Low doses of some drugs normally used as antidepressants or anticonvulsants
can help to control pain, such as nerve pain, that is not usually helped by
standard painkillers.

Muscle pain with twitching or cramps can be relieved by muscle relaxants.

Headaches should be helped by simple painkillers, but if you suffer from migraines, you may need specific anti-migraine medication

If pain is a problem for you it is important to discuss it with your doctor.

Explaining your pain, the types of medication which can help and other approaches to managing pain are discussed in our booklet, All about M.E.

 

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