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UK Man Took Overdose After Years Fighting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Thursday 25 July 2019
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Man took overdose after years fighting chronic fatigue syndrome
A MAN who fought a “horrendous” illness with “unbelievable character” for much of his life overdosed on prescription drugs an inquest heard.
Mark Lutring was found dead in his home in Sunnyside Close, Charlton, on November 23 last year at the age of 51.
At an inquest at Winchester Coroners Court last Friday, senior coroner Grahame Short heard that Mr Lutring suffered from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, and the illness significantly affected him mentally.
His death was ruled a “drug related death” after it was found he had a mixture of prescription medication in his system. However, Mr Short was unable to confirm the source the medication as “not all of them were prescribed” by Mr Lutring’s GP.
Mr Lutring had spent much of his life fighting ME, a long-term illness with many symptoms including extreme tiredness, sleep problems, muscle or joint pain, flu-like symptoms and more.
The severity of symptoms can vary from day to day, but at times Mr Lutring was left bedbound for days, weeks or even months at a time. Little is known about the cause of ME and the coroner heard that Mr Lutring had grown frustrated that the medical profession was unable to pinpoint the reason for his illness.
Speaking at the inquest his brother, Gary, said: “Ever since he had glandular fever when he was 17, nobody really got to the bottom of why he was unwell. So it dates back all the way from there.”
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