In England, Fibromyalgia is called M.E., or Myalgic Encephalopathy. What we call Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is considered to be a manifestation of Fibromyalgia Syndrome, except that in certain cases, fatigue is the most prominent symptom instead of pain.
Dr. John Lowe agrees with this idea. British researchers have newly classified fibromyalgia into 7 sets of symptoms, which are simple gradations from fatigue to pain as the major symptom. These gradations are genetically influenced. They are as follows:
• High anxiety and depression levels, along with poor sleep and high pain levels.
• Significant post-exercise fatigue and joint and muscle pains.
• Mild symptoms–the mildest form of the disease.
• Moderate levels of body pain and sleep problems. (More common.)
• Stomach complaints and the most marked muscle weakness.
• Specifically connected to fatigue. (More common.)
• Seven had the most severe symptoms including pain, swollen glands and headaches.