Study Finds ME/CFS Most Neglected Disease Relative To Its Needs



By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.


This is the third in a series of blogs on advocacy topics as we enter into the prime advocacy period of the year.

“America’s Hidden Health Crisis” – CDC.

The stats are striking. A bit horrifying, to be sure – but certainly very striking.

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome is more debilitating than many chronic diseases including multiple sclerosis, chronic renal failure, congestive heart failure, lung cancer, stroke, and type-2 diabetes.
  • As many as 75% of patients are unable to work.
  • An estimated 25–29% are homebound or bedbound.
  • ME/FS costs the U.S. $18–24 billion in lost productivity and medical costs a year.
  • Recovery rates are at about 5%.
  • There are fewer than 2 dozen nationally recognized experts in the U.S.


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