Over 80% of people with ME may live with one or more comorbid illnesses.
As in most areas of ME, the research base on comorbidities is currently lacking. What research we do have suggests comorbidities are incredibly common.
We often hear people speaking of fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), and postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS).
Through 2020 and 2021, long Covid has also shone a light on post-viral illness. We are seeing many, but not all, with this disease go on to receive one of these diagnoses in time.
Many of these illnesses have overlapping symptoms. We need more research, better assessment at diagnosis, and improved understanding of the overlapping pathologies.
To acheive this, collaboration is a must. This is why we are working to build cross-disease partnerships around neglected non-communicable-diseases.