Friday, May 15, 2015

ME/CFS Disability Scale

For those curious, this is the ME/CFS disability scale:

100: No symptoms with exercise. Normal overall activity. Able to work or do
house/home work full time with no difficulty.

90: No symptoms at rest. Mild symptoms with physical activity. Normal
overall activity level. Able to work full time without difficulty.

80: Mild symptoms at rest. Symptoms worsened by exertion. Minimal activity
restriction needed for activities requiring exertion only. Able to work
full time with difficulty in jobs requiring exertion.

70: Mild symptoms at rest. Some daily activity limitation clearly noted.
Overall functioning close to 90% of expected except for activities requiring
exertion. Able to work/do housework full time with difficulty. Needs to
rest in day.

60: Mild to moderate symptoms at rest. Daily activity limitation clearly
noted. Overall functioning 70% to 90%. Unable to work full time in jobs
requiring physical labor (including just standing), but able to work full time
in light activity (sitting) if hours are flexible.

50: Moderate symptoms at rest. Moderate to severe symptoms with exercise or
activity; overall activity level reduced to 70% of expected. Unable to
perform strenuous duties, but able to perform light duty or deskwork 4 - 5
hours a day, but requires rest periods. Has to rest/sleep 1-2 hours daily.

40: Moderate symptoms at rest. Moderate to severe symptoms with exercise or
activity. Overall activity level reduced to 50-70% of expected. Able to go
out once or twice a week. Unable to perform strenuous duties. Able to work
sitting down at home 3-4 hours a day, but requires rest periods.

30: Moderate to severe symptoms at rest. Severe symptoms with any exercise.
Overall activity level reduced to 50% of expected. Usually confined to
house. Unable to perform any strenuous tasks. Able to perform deskwork 2-3
hours a day, but requires rest periods.

20: Moderate to severe symptoms at rest. Unable to perform strenuous
activity. Overall activity 30-50% of expected. Unable to leave house except
rarely. Confined to bed most of day. Unable to concentrate for more than 1 hour
a day.

10: Severe symptoms at rest. Bed ridden the majority of the time. No travel
outside of the house. Marked cognitive symptoms preventing concentration.

0: Severe symptoms on a continuous basis. Bed ridden constantly, unable to
care for self.

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