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Seven types of ME found

6th May 2008

Researchers from St George's Hospital, University of London, have identified seven different types of ME, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The team are hopeful that their discovery might help to create a blood test to identify the different types of the disease. Neil Abbot, from ME Research UK, said: "It's a hard illness to get a handle on, so a clinical test would be the single best way forward for everyone."




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PAUL FOX

Friday 3rd April 2009 @ 22:46

There is already a clinical test. It is NICE’s Gold Standard procedure:
1. An “expert” sits opposite the patient and asks questions.
2. The conclusion is that the patient is depressed, and is imagining that activity (mental and/or physical) makes her or him more ill.
3. The solution is Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
4. Proof of the foregoing is frequently provided when patients express doubt about the solution. Such doubt is clear further evidence of mental ill health.
5. Still further confirmation is often forthcoming from patients’ illusions that GET and CBT produce no improvement, or exacerbate their symptoms. This is compounds the proof of the mental nature of the condition and brings the question of personality into the equation; for only such a disorder could give rise to the criminal dishonesty manifest in any claim that the treatment does not work.
6. Patients who have previously monitored their own symptoms that have arisen from various kinds, durations and levels of activity and experiences and/or who have acquired their own knowledge of psychology are suffering from a particularly dangerous kind of mental illness. What else would cause them to work without an expert? Almost as insane is the reading by patients of books on the subject or, even worse, articles on the internet. Clearly, such material can be understood only by an expert.
One might be tempted to believe that I was being less than serious when I wrote the above. Please resist that temptation.

PAUL FOX
Sufferer for 27 years, an illness sometimes described as CFS/ME


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