Why the Medical Community is Still at Odds Over Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome aka Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

by Gary Kaplan, D.O.
 
As first seen on Positive Health Online.

There are approximately 250,000 people diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) in the UK. It is a disease that crosses the boundaries of all age groups, racial / ethnic groups, and socio-economic strata, and alarmingly 80% of those affected are women. It has been linked to fibromyalgia, and presents similar treatment challenges in that there is no known cure and no clear path to recovery. While experts around the globe agree that ME has a physical basis, when it comes to its name and the characterization of its symptoms, a lack of consensus that’s decades-long exists within the medical community at large.

A universally accepted name that accurately describes ME has unfortunately proven to be extremely difficult to nail down, which may be, in part, due to the lack of understanding of the root causes, and biological and physical mechanisms behind this disease. Virtually no other medical disorder has been referred to by so many different names, some of which include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), Neurasthenia, Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS), and most recently, Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID). To further complicate matters, each name comes with a slightly different definition and criterion for diagnosis, adding to the frustration of both physicians and patients alike… Continue reading on www.positivehealth.com >>

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