Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Facts:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is:
Despite the million sufferers in the US, and approximately 25% rates of disability and high economic costs chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) ranks near the bottom in funding amongst the approximately 200 diseases and conditions the NIH funds.
A Serious Disorder
Center For Disease Control (CDC) studies indicate that chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) patients as a group have disability rates similar to people with multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and other serious diseases.
The Centers For Disease Control estimates from 1-4 million people in the U.S. have chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).
Greatly Under Diagnosed
The Centers for Disease Control estimates approximately 80% of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) cases in the U.S. go undiagnosed.
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The average annual costs per family, including financial losses due to unemployment, are about $25,000 a year. Studies suggest that chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) costs the US economy about 20 billion dollars a year.
More Commonly Found in Women
Like other so-called ‘allied disorders’ such as Fibromygalia and irritable bowel syndrome (which also receive very low rates of funding), ME/CFS is most commonly found in women.
Currently Defined Using Symptoms and by Ruling Out Other Diseases
Besides exhaustion or fatigue chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) patients must display a distinct set of symptoms in order to have CFS.
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Research studies indicate chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) affects many different systems across the body including the immune, endocrine and autonomic nervous systems.
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A Chronic Disorder
While some patients do recover, there is no cure for CFS, and many remain ill.
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