Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Gets A New Name
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has recommended a new name and new diagnostic criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. According to Institute of Medicine, the term, “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can result in stigmatization and trivialization and should no longer be used as the name of this illness.”
The suggested new name is Systemic Exertional Intolerance Disease and the new diagnostic criteria being suggested requires that the patient have the following three symptoms:
1. A substantial reduction or impairment in the ability to engage in pre-illness levels of occupational, educational, social or personal activities that persist for more than six (6) months and is accompanied by fatigue, which is often profound, is of new or definite onset (not lifelong, is not the result of ongoing excessive excretion, and is not substantially elevated by rest, and
2. Post-exertional malaise, and
3. Un-refreshing sleep.
At least one of the two following manifestations is also required:
1. Cognitive impairment; or
2. orthostatic intolerance.
The complete report, Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness, is a must read for those with CFS! Find it here: http://www.iom.edu/reports/2015/ME-CFS.aspx
If you or a family member has been diagnosed as having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome you’ll find this article refreshing. The report acknowledges that “seeking and receiving a diagnosis can be a frustrating process for several reasons, including skepticism of healthcare providers about the serious nature of ME/CFS and the misconception that it is psychogenetic illness or even a figment of a patient’s imagination.” We, at The Law Office of Nancy L. Cavey, applaud the Institute of Medicine’s article and taking on the myth that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is all in a patient’s head.
What To Do If You Have Been Diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease
If you or a family member has been diagnosed as having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, it is time to contact Social Security Disability attorney Nancy Cavey who can help you get the disability benefits you deserve. Give us a call today at 727-894-3188.