The question regarding sexual abuse in ME/CFS or fibromyalgia or other controversial diseases seems to be coming up more and more. The CDC is absolutely convinced that sexual abuse is a significant factor in ME/CFS. One woman wrote a book about her experience sexual abuse and how it related to her ME/CFS. Interestingly resolving her issues with her abuse did not take care of her illness. Tad Taylor, the MCS designer, said that many people he knew of with MCS had experienced it. Could sexual abuse so disturb a person's physiology so as to make them prone to ME/CFS later on. If so why wouldn't any physiological insult early on do the same? This study found that the general category of sexual abuse was not increased in fibromyalgia but that rape was. Other categories of 'somatic' illness (most pain syndromes) didn't have increased rates of sexual abuse. JAMA. 2009 Aug 5;302(5):550-61. Links Sexual abuse and lifetime diagnosis of somatic disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. When rape was included fibromyalgia, chronic pelvic pain, etc. popped up. CONCLUSION: Evidence suggests a history of sexual abuse is associated with lifetime diagnosis of multiple somatic disorders.