A Disease Doctors Refuse to See
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Needs Effective Treatments
TOO often, doctors don't understand chronic fatigue syndrome. They don't know how to diagnose it, and they frequently even believe that patients with the disease are just whining or suffering from psychological problems. This needs to change.
That was the message from the Institute of Medicine's recent report on the illness...
I hope, and believe, that this report will help some patients get diagnoses more quickly and accurately. But to get anywhere close to the care that patients so desperately need, no report is enough. It will require objective tests and effective treatments. For that, federal agencies will have to start making an investment in this disease that's proportional to the devastation it causes.