From CTV News.
A new survey suggests chronic fatigue syndrome may be far more prevalent in Canada than previously thought, and more widespread than many more well-known conditions.
The suggestion is based on a Statistics Canada survey in which respondents were asked whether their doctor had diagnosed them with chronic fatigue or its more recently introduced name, myalgic encephalomyelitis. The survey shows some 560,000 Canadians report that they have the disease — a 36.7 per cent increase over previous results from 2014. The number also suggests the disease may be more common than breast cancer, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
Advocates say the results are a call to action for federal and provincial governments, whom they say need to step up their funding for chronic fatigue research.
“We try to tell the government how important it is to get research money,” Lydia Neilson, founder of the National ME/FM Action Network, told CTV News. “We are being accepted more and more.”
Neilson also hailed the survey results as an indicator that more doctors are believing patients and diagnosing them with the disease, which causes sufferers to experience profound exhaustion, loss of concentration, muscle pain and unrestful sleep.
“It is even worse than we thought,” she said.
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