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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) - Stockport

Contact Information

Stockport CFS/ME Service

2nd Floor Woodley Health Centre, Hyde Road.  Woodley. Stockport. SK6 1ND

Tel: 0161 835 6684

Email:  snt-tr.mecfs@nhs.net

 

Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

If no one is available to take your call please leave a message on our answer machine and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

About Our Service

Welcome to the Stockport Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Service. We are a specialist multidisciplinary team who offer guidance and support to people 16 years and over with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME.

 

The Stockport Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Service is available to adults who have a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME and are registered with a GP in the Stockport and Tameside & Glossop areas. We aim to support people to self-manage their condition and adapt our treatment plan to individual needs.

Our Expertise

Our team consists of nurses, an occupational therapist, physiotherapists and a CBT Therapist who have specialist knowledge of CFSME and experience of working with all levels of severity.

How to Use the Service

Referrals to the service are made by GP or hospital consultant. We do not currently accept self-referrals. Once a completed referral is received from your GP you will be sent a set of initial assessment questionnaires to complete. Upon return of these questionnaires you will be placed on our waiting list.

We will offer you an appointment for assessment at one of our clinics or a home visit if necessary. At this appointment we will agree a management plan with you and identify the number of sessions you are likely to require.

Frequently asked questions

What is CFS/ME?

CFS/ME is a group of symptoms that result in a persistent fatigue state. It is characterised by fluctuating symptoms which can result in a ‘boom and bust’ pattern of energy and activity.  CFS/ME is diagnosed when other fatigue causing conditions have been excluded as the cause of your symptoms. Symptoms include:

  • Extreme fatigue and post exertional malaise
  • Sleep disturbance and non-restorative sleep
  • Swollen glands and/or sore throat 
  • Muscle and joint aches and pains 
  • Impaired concentration and memory 
  • Mood changes
  • Autonomic regulation problems; such as poor temperature and blood pressure control
  • Reduction in the ability to function at your normal level

How is CFS/ME diagnosed?

There is no individual test to diagnose CFS/ME and the symptoms are similar to some other illnesses. Therefore, your doctor will need to take a full history of what is wrong, carry out some tests and rule out other conditions that may be causing your symptoms. Your doctor should consider CFS/ME if your symptoms cannot be explained by another cause and have lasted for at least four months in an adult.

What can I expect from the Service?

We offer a six to eight session energy management programme, which aims to support people self-manage their CFS/ME symptoms. To maximise the benefits of this programme we can offer one to one physiotherapy, occupational therapy and CBT where applicable. This programme can be delivered individually at clinic or in a group setting. We also offer home visits where appropriate. The management programme includes:

  • What is CFS/ME
  • What is activity?
  • Rest and breathing
  • Boom and bust
  • Energy management principles
  • Physical activity
  • Pain and posture
  • Memory and concentration
  • Sleep
  • Stress, thoughts and feelings, and assertiveness
  • Goal setting and managing setbacks 
Are there any support groups for people with CFS/ME?

There is a local support group based in Stockport and three main national charities.

The details are:

Stockport ME Group

Tel: 0845 519 4116     www.stockportmegroup.co.uk

Action for ME

Tel: 0845 123 2380     www.afme.org.uk

ME Association

Tel: 0844 576 5326     www.meassociation.org.uk

Association of Young People with ME

Tel: 0845 123 2389     www.ayme.org.uk

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