Feb 27, 2015

What's In A Name?

     The Institute of Medicine is recommending that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), be renamed as Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease because "the term “chronic fatigue syndrome” can result in stigmatization and trivialization." CFS leads to a fari number of Social Security disability claims. I doubt that a new name is going to reduce the stigma problem. 
     Below are the diagnostic criteria proposed by the IOM panel -- and note that the panel still refers to "CFS/ME" even as they recommend a new name!

1 comment:

Max Abilify said...

The "B" criteria if you will, a 'moderate' or more severe cognitive impairment and/or orthostatic intolerance will make this fairly difficult to meet. The doctor diagnosing CFS/ME or whatever will be unlikely to diagnose these other criteria. A neuropsych or neurology referral will likely be needed.