- Last Updated: 18 April 2021 18 April 2021
What is ME/CFS?
Another post-viral or post-infectious illness is ME/CFS. Many people would recognize the name “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” The original name is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or ME. Today it is known as ME/CFS.
ME/CFS is a serious, debilitating, chronic, multi-system illness that may develop after an infection or other event, such as exposure to toxins, or a physical or stressful trauma. It results in a major impact on the person’s ability to function.
One million to 2.5 million people in the U.S. may have ME/CFS, although many are not officially diagnosed. About 28,000 – 40,000 people in Massachusetts may have ME/CFS.
Where to find more information:
U.S. ME/CFS Clinician Coalition
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome