Chris Evans MP supports ME Awareness Week 2023

May 12, 2023

This year ME Awareness Week runs from the 8th May- 12th May and the Islwyn MP is using the opportunity to spread awareness of the symptoms of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

ME is a fluctuating complex condition that can affect many of the body’s systems including the immune system, neuroendocrine system, autonomic nervous system and muscles. It can have a long term and disabling effect on people of all ages, sexes and ethnic groups. Wames estimates that there were 13,500 people in Wales with the condition pre-pandemic – 10% are children under the age of 16.

The ME Association have stated that with the rise of Long Covid since the pandemic, the number of people being diagnosed with ME/CFS is growing exponentially day-by-day. It is estimated that there are 1.7million people in the UK alone who, months after being infected, still have symptoms of Long Covid, which in so many respects looks just like ME/CFS. This also follows research that suggests that 40 – 54% of people with long COVID have developed ME/CFS.

Common symptoms of ME/CFS include 

  • feeling extremely tired all the time – you may find it very hard to do daily activities 
  • still feeling tired after resting or sleeping 
  • taking a long time to recover after physical activity 
  • problems sleeping, such as waking up often during the night 
  • problems with thinking, memory and concentration 


Some people with ME/CFS may also have other symptoms, including: 

  • muscle or joint pain 
  • headaches 
  • a sore throat 
  • flu-like symptoms 
  • feeling dizzy or sick 
  • fast or irregular heartbeats (heart palpitations)

In March 2023, the Welsh Government announced that annual funding for Adferiad (Recovery) services will increase to £8.3 million, which includes Long Covid services that will be extended to accommodate others with long term conditions including ME/CFS.

Chris Evans MP said:

‘As we continue to learn more about the affects Long Covid is having on people across the country and how it can lead to longer-term, chronic illnesses, it is important to know the symptoms of ME/CFS and speak to a GP if these symptoms continue.

I am pleased that the Welsh Government are taking vital steps to ensure those who are suffering with long covid and ME/CFS are supported through their recovery and treatment.’  

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