I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) in September 2016 after more than a year of symptoms. (You can read my diagnosis story here.) My doctor didn’t use the term M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis), I assume because she felt it would lend too much authority or seriousness to the condition. She, like the majority of medical professionals in the UK, believes it’s a psychosomatic condition that can be cured through counselling (CBT to challenge “unhelpful” attitudes) and Graded Exercise Therapy (pushing oneself to do more exercise).
Times are a’ changing at the moment though, or they certainly seem to be. Biomedical research is starting to identify common disruptions in the cells and immune system (which tally with my own private blood test results, which my doctor straight up dismissed).
The (self-distributed) documentary Unrest, chronicling the systematic dismissal of CFS/ME patients worldwide and the struggle to be taken seriously, has recently been nominated for an Oscar and is currently available to view on Netflix.