Reprinted with the kind permission of ME Research UK.
ME/CFS affects more women than men, in an approximate ratio of 4:1. In this respect, the disease is similar to other immuno-inflammatory conditions, such as lupus erythematosus systemic, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, etc, which are also more prevalent in women.
As very few studies have ever examined whether being female or male affects the course of ME/CFS, it would be premature to assume that both sexes undergo the same disease process; perhaps men and women constitute... [Read More]
In my 10 years of chronic illness, one of the most painful things to deal with was the reaction of other people to what I was going through and trying to communicate my experiences to them. It was crushing t...
1975 was a Bitch! I was in my third year of medical school, supporting myself working as a neonatal intensive care unit nurse in the Children’s Hospital. And this was the easy part of my life. My fa...
David S. Bell, MD, is one of the world’s leading experts on ME/CFS, and is a pioneer in its diagnosis and treatment.
Do you think ME will ever be cured or even significantly treatable? Q: Do you think ME will ever be cured or even significantly treatable?
A: With this particular question, the answer is definitely yes. Even now with the recent Rituximab paper, 64% of patients treated returned to normal or near normal activity1. But do not expect this treatment to be available soon. Medicine moves very slowly and it may be ten years unless the FDA should choose to... [more]
The Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) and Your Disability Insurance Benefits
People with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) face many challenges when pursuing their claim for long term disability insurance benefits, and the Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is one of them. The Functional Capacity Evaluation is a bad test for anyone who is disabled – but for people suffering from Fibromyalgia or CFS, it’s often a complete disaster.
Disability insurance companies have terminated benefits based on the results of the FCE, so... [more]