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The medical mistreatment and ignorance about how bad ME is seems to be a world-wide problem.
This is one person’s experience from Australia :

ME Australia

by Sasha Nimmo

Between 24,000 – 60,000 Australians have severe ME.  This is the first in a series telling the stories of Australians with severe ME.

Given the wrong medical treatment and intervention harmed this patient’s health to the point of no return. Disbelief by medical professionals and community care workers made life even more difficult. This patient fears further mistreatment so asked to maintain anonymity.

Above is a picture of Basil, an affectionate miniature fox terrier and company during difficult times.

Even after so many decades of illness, this patient still holds hope in medical research and participates in studies at Griffith University’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases, one of the few places studying severe ME.

This patient shares their story with us.

What was your life like before you became ill?
For me, it is not a straight forward answer as I have had mild ME since I was…

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The CFS is not ME row

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Before I joined Twitter I didn’t realise that there was quite a row going on over CFS and ME.

Now that I’ve been on twitter for a while – I have seen so many tweets on this subject.
Eg :
Your CFS isn’t as bad as our ME
We have ME and its more serious than your CFS
If you had ME and got better – then it wasn’t really ME in the first place. And maybe “just” CFS.

Etc Etc etc . . .

And I just want to say here – I am sick to the back teeth of all this.

My diagnosis was CFS.

  • It was what the GP called it on the day – after the other stuff had been ruled out.
  • It took a struggle of more than 12 years to finally get a diagnosis at all.
  • I have a big list of symptoms to deal with – luckily not all at the same time.
    (I listed them in an earlier post today for info.)
  • Frankly I don’t care if it is called CFS or ME. All I know is – it has been a very big problem in my life, for a very long time.
  • I also know I am not anything near as bad as many out there – who have a more severe form of CFS or ME.
  • I have met people with CFS who have been much much worse than me.
  • And I have met people with ME who were less affected and having a fuller life.
  • Some people with CFS have had loads of tests – some just a few.
  • Some with ME have had extensive tests – but also, some just a few.

I don’t think there is any “black & white” with this.

I do understand the reasoning for many people and charities wanting the name CFS scrapped – and I agree it does nothing to convey the seriousness of the condition. As people just hear the word “fatigue” and mentally dismiss it as not very important.

But I do feel that we should all be on the same side.
Whether CFS or ME.
I mean they are both bloody awful at times.

Surely ?

Any thoughts/opinions/comments very welcome.

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