Tell it to Your Doctor: CFS
Thursday 17 May 2012, 19.00-20.00
Listen to an edited audio recording of the event above.
Lucy, a music teacher and performer, has coped
with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS, sometimes called ME, or myalgic
encephalomyelitis) for much of the past decade. A talented
musician, she had to stop playing and teaching music.
She experienced trouble walking unassisted
across a room and could not climb stairs unaided. Her neurological
symptoms included brain fog, postural muscle collapse, brain and
spinal chord fizz, and limb twitch. For a long time, she could do
nothing and stayed in bed.
To build herself up over the years, Lucy had
to reinvent the concept of movement every time she wanted to
complete even the simplest action. Much of the help she received
came from various clinics and CFS programmes at the Royal Free
Hospital in London.
She also talked through the stages of her
predicament with GP Elizabeth Goodburn, who acknowledges that she
is not an expert in CFS but describes herself as eager to learn
from her patients about their conditions. It is no wonder that
patient and physician can combine in this mutually beneficial way:
CFS remains one of the most contested diagnoses of our time, and
its physical and psychological components are often misunderstood.
Even the name of this condition is unstable.
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George Rousseau, Professor of History, University of
Lucy Legg, Patient
Elizabeth Goodburn, GP
This event is part of the series Tell it
to Your Doctor.
Image used with permission from the American Academy of