Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by AndyPR, Sep 11, 2017.
Read more at http://www.meassociation.org.uk/201...ed-neurological-conditions-11-september-2017/
ME/CFS and neurologists:
The majority of UK neurologists
(84% in one rather flawed peice of research: http://www.meassociation.org.uk/201...eurological-illness-survey-results-discussed/)
do not believe ME or CFS is a neurological disease and see it as a functional somatic sydrome
In this month's issue, we report a survey of members of the Association of British Neurologists, which asked if they viewed chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as a neurological condition--84% of respondents did not. This is at odds with current classification in ICD-10. We discuss the difficulties of classifying CFS and myalgic encephalopmeylitis (ME), including historical and sociological factors, the pitfalls of the physical/psychological dichotomy and why classification matters to doctors and patients.
Chronic fatigue syndrome: Labels, meanings and consequences (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/public...gue_syndrome_Labels_meanings_and_consequences [accessed Sep 11, 2017].
In other words, they believe cause and magagement should be largely based on the psychosocial model whereby ill health and disability in ME/CFS is far more related to abnormal illness beliefs and behaviour than any form of underlying disease process
Dr Charles Shepherd
Hon Medical Adviser, MEA
I sincerely hope that biomedical research ( sadly largely elsewhere) continues at the same pace as the previous couple of years and refutes this " false belief" . Perhaps neurologists would benefit from a particular version of CBT.
The most upsetting aspect is that UK was at forefront of biomedical research in the 1980s. Think where we might have been now ....
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