Hi all, In my personal surrounding I know 2 other males who suffer from ME/CFS. Both got struck down by a viral infection and never recovered. I knew them before they got ill. While onset can be somewhat equal, the development in my eyes differs. More women than men seem to be housebound. The men recover to some degree (maybe their body just adapts) or the reason is that they have more efficient muscles but in the end it comes down to the possibility that men are more functional with ME/CFS than their female counterparts. Instead of becoming a manager or working full-time they work in a super market or only work half-time, they suffer from ME/CFS but they will not show up in any statistic. I cannot prove this of course but I think the chances are that there could be a lot more cases with ME/CFS that go unnoticed because these people are functional enough to not be housebound but not functional enough to live a normal life.