What Does ‘Recovery From Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ Look Like?

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The title of this post reflects the material included in the paper by Andrew Devendorf and colleagues [1] who sought “an operationalised definition of recovery from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) for research and practice.

Although perhaps at first sight being a rather simple question to answer – Q: What does recovery look like in relation to ME/CFS? A: Complete remission of symptoms –  there’s a lot more behind such a query than you might expect. I’m particularly thinking about how ‘recovery’ has been a real source of discussion/debate/argument (delete as appropriate) in the context of ME/CFS in recent ‘PACE‘ times (see here and see here).

Ten experts on ME/CFS were quizzed about their views specifically on recovery from the condition(s). As probably expected: “Physicians conceptualised recovery as complete symptom remission and a return to premorbid functioning (adjusted for with age).” No surprises there then. Insofar as the term ‘significant improvement’, experts also quite sensibly reported that this should be ‘operationalised’ as “a substantial reduction in symptoms with considerable functional gains, where patients may operate in daily life but still must cope or be treated.” Again, not really that earth-shattering to be honest.

 

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