The acronym ME/CFS is may be used to describe myalgic encephalomyelitis. Different names may be used to indicate which of several sets of diagnostic criteria are being described. The disease defined by the Canadian Consensus Criteria (CCC) or Institute of Medicine Criteria is often described as ME/CFS, whereas the ICC criteria (ICC) is often described as myalgic encephalomyelitis, and the Fukuda criteria connotates 'chronic fatigue syndrome'. Some people living with ME prefer that the 'CFS' be left off of the disease name.
United States (US) government bodies now use the acronym ME/CFS, as does the US Clinician's Coalition. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website page is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). The acronym CFS/ME is used by the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom. The CDC recognizes ME/CFS as a "disabling and complex disease"
"The most common overlapping condition with ME/CFS is fibromyalgia." While some have posited ME/CFS and fibromyalgia are variants of the same illness, Benjamin Natelson, MD summoned considerable amounts of data that suggest the two illnesses differ with different pathophysiologic processes leading to different treatments.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Myalgic encephalomyelitis
- Pediatric myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome
- Prognosis for myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome
- Severe and very severe ME
Case definitions for ME/CFS
- Canadian Consensus Criteria (CCC) A diagnosis of moderate and severe forms of ME/CFS are accurately made using this criterion. Adults can be diagnosed at 6 months while pediatric cases are diagnosed at three months.
- Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID) ME/CFS (SEID) is accurately diagnosed when the core symptoms are met. The Institute of Medicine report as a whole is a comprehensive review of the medical literature available at time of publication (2015). Adults can be diagnosed at 6 months while pediatric cases are diagnosed at three months.
Case definition for ME
- International Consensus Criteria (ICC) This criterion will accurately diagnose myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). There is no requirement that the individual have symptoms for a specified period of time for diagnosis.
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Persons living with ME/CFS
Ryan Prior was a healthy, athletic American high school student when he became ill with ME/CFS in 2006. Prior wrote an article for USA Today: College Viewpoint: The real story of chronic fatigue syndrome. Ryan and his then-girlfriend, Nicole Castillo, co-directed Forgotten Plague
Laura Hillenbrand is an American and an award-winning author having two books made into acclaimed movies. She became ill in 1987 and has said about the illness “Fatigue is what we experience, but it is what a match is to an atomic bomb.”
References[edit | edit source]
- "Biomarker Research Advances in 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Medscape.com. November 8, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
The condition, now called myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) by US government bodies,
- "U.S. ME/CFS Clinician Coalition". U.S. ME/CFS Clinicians Coalition. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
- "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) | Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. July 3, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
- "Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)". National Health Service. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
- "What is ME/CFS? | Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. January 18, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
- "Overlapping Conditions - American Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society". ammes.org. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
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- Natelson, Benjamin H. (February 19, 2019). "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: Definitions, Similarities, and Differences". Clinical Therapeutics. 41 (4): 612. doi:10.1016/j.clinthera.2018.12.016. ISSN 0149-2918. PMID 30795933.
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