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Apparently Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is now also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis. Does this mean everyone who fits the CFS criteria has brain inflammation? I'm terribly confused about that name.

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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree

In brief: No inflammation

Otherwise we could treat CFS with aspirin or steroids.
Doesn't work. Treatments include getting enough rest, exercise in small and consistent doses and lots of support. Best wishes

In brief: No inflammation

Otherwise we could treat CFS with aspirin or steroids.
Doesn't work. Treatments include getting enough rest, exercise in small and consistent doses and lots of support. Best wishes
Dr. Christine Hom
Dr. Christine Hom
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree

In brief: It's only a name

It certainly can be confusing.
But I don't think the suggested new name reflects any evidence of active brain inflammation. Here are some good articles on the change: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-iom-report http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/10/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-gets-a-new-name/

In brief: It's only a name

It certainly can be confusing.
But I don't think the suggested new name reflects any evidence of active brain inflammation. Here are some good articles on the change: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-iom-report http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/10/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-gets-a-new-name/
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Dr. Bert Liang
Neurology

In brief: Adds confusion...

...To an already confused situation, from whether this is a specific entity, to "true" diagnostic criteria, to therapeutic approaches.
Suffice to say that more research and responsible data collection is needed, rather than creating confusion for patients and providers alike.

In brief: Adds confusion...

...To an already confused situation, from whether this is a specific entity, to "true" diagnostic criteria, to therapeutic approaches.
Suffice to say that more research and responsible data collection is needed, rather than creating confusion for patients and providers alike.
Dr. Bert Liang
Dr. Bert Liang
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