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How does M.E. affect my life?

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Uploaded on May 22, 2007

This video looks at some of the ways that my life is affected by severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

(None of them involving mere 'fatigue'!)

M.E. is a distinct organic neurological disease which occurs in epidemic and sporadic forms. M.E. can be extremely disabling; 25% of people with M.E. are severely affected and wheelchair-bound, house-bound and/or bedbound - but an additional level of suffering also comes from the (politically and financially motivated) confusion between M.E. and the fictional disease category of 'CFS.' It is important to be aware that Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and 'CFS' are not synonymous terms and should not be used interchangeably, and that 'fatigue' is not a defining feature of M.E. nor even an essential symptom of M.E.

CFS was created in the 1980s in the US in response to an outbreak of what was unmistakably M.E., but this new name and definition did not describe the known signs, symptoms, history and pathology of M.E. It described a disease process that did not, and could not exist. The fact that a person qualifies for a diagnosis of 'CFS' (a) does not mean that the patient has Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.), and (b) does not mean that the patient has any other distinct and specific illness named 'CFS.' Every diagnosis of CFS -- based on any of the CFS definitions -- can only ever be a misdiagnosis.

The bogus disease category of 'CFS' has undoubtedly been used to impose a false psychiatric paradigm of M.E. by allying it with various psychiatric fatigue states and various unrelated fatigue syndromes for the benefit of insurance companies and various other organisations and corporations which have a vested financial interest in how these patients are treated, including the government.

For more information on why the bogus disease category of 'CFS' must be abandoned, (along with the use of other vague and misleading umbrella terms such as 'ME/CFS' 'CFS/ME' 'CFIDS' and 'Myalgic Encephalopathy' and others) see: The misdiagnosis of CFS, Why the disease category of 'CFS' must be abandoned and Smoke and Mirrors.

The distinction must be made between terminology and definitions.

For more information on all aspects of M.E. see:

http://www.ahummingbirdsguide.com/wha...

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