By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
It’s always hard to lose a loved one, but the deaths in ME/CFS seem particularly hard. They tend to be quite painful, they often take place in the midst of a non-supportive medical system, and they’re a complete mystery. With no seeming way out it’s no wonder that suicide is not uncommon.
Death, when it comes, can leave a silver lining, if not for the person who died, for those whom she/he left behind – an opportunity to learn what went so wrong for their loved ones.
Autopsies can sometimes provide that. Autopsies are surgical procedures designed to determine the cause of death. Most people who die are not given autopsies. They are usually done in cases of sudden death or in cases where the death was a puzzle. They often produce surprise diagnoses that were not suspected at the time of death.
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