This question has probably been discussed before, but I was wondering does me/cfs shorten life span? I am 50, I have been ill with this for just two years. Gradual onset and now alot worse. I have already had enough, I can't stand the thought that I may feel this ill until I am old. To all of you that have been suffering from this for many years, I really don't know how you do it. I wish I could of got this when I am older as I still have so much I want to do, I am finding it difficult to except. How many elderly people have this? Or does it fade as we age? Such a waste of life, can we really expect some breakthrough soon to help us? Even if I got back 50%of what I was I would be more than happy.