Thursday, February 26, 2015

Slightly Alive: The IOM Report on ME/CFS (SEID)

Mary Schweitzer's review of the IOM report:
Slightly Alive: The IOM Report on ME/CFS (SEID)
"in part because of a continuing prejudice in the medical profession against the possibility that a person can have a chronic viral infection (except for AIDS patients), all of the literature on pathogens (except EBV as a possible trigger) and most of the literature on immune system dysfunction was ignored.  Did not appear in the report. ... this disease was originally named atypical polio" (another enterovirus that causes lifelong problems).
Mary notes "the incidence of secondary depression is similar to that in MS patients" -- you'll find secondary depression (depression as a result of being ill) in any serious disease, but no one would ever suggest that depression is the cause of cancer or stroke or emphysema ... only with CFS. 
There are a number of symptoms that appear in CFS that don't appear in depression.  The two are easy to differentiate if you know what you're looking for.  Unfortunately, too many people (including doctors) hear "fatigue" and leap straight to depression without considering that fever, rash, swollen glands, etc. aren't symptoms associated with depression, but are symptoms of CFS.

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