Stop the verbal abuse -- educate doctors that it's real, it's serious, it's not psychological.
The disability rates among ME/CFS patients are similar to those of people with multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and other equally serious diseases. Some patients endure years of being virtually home-bound or even bed-ridden because of ME/CFS.
Researchers at DePaul University estimate that every year ME/CFS costs the U.S. economy $17-24 billion*. Its prevalence, economic effect, disabling impact and chronicity make ME/CFS one of the most economically burdensome conditions of our time.
"Research has shown that ME/CFS has been found to be more disabling than MS, heart disease, virtually all types of cancer, patients undergoing chemotherapy or hemodyalisis." Hooper and Marshall
"My H.I.V. patients for the most part are hale and hearty thanks to three decades of intense and excellent research and billions of dollars invested. Many of my ME/C.F.S. patients, on the other hand, are terribly ill and unable to work or participate in the care of their families. I split my clinical time between the two illnesses [HIV and ME/CFS], and I can tell you if I had to choose between the two illnesses (in 2009) I would rather have H.I.V." Dr. Nancy Klimas