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how old are you?

how old are you?

  • under 10 years old

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 11-20

    Votes: 1 2.6%
  • 21-30

    Votes: 9 23.7%
  • 31-40

    Votes: 6 15.8%
  • 41-50

    Votes: 12 31.6%
  • 51-60

    Votes: 4 10.5%
  • 61-70

    Votes: 4 10.5%
  • 71-80

    Votes: 1 2.6%
  • 81-90

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 91-100

    Votes: 1 2.6%

  • Total voters
    38

jewel

Senior Member
Messages
195
Heck, SaveMe, my kids blame me for just about everything (teens), depending on the day! So, why not? My mom had a lot of undefined, bothersome illness symptoms, and I sometimes wonder if I inherited a predisposition for this from her... J
 

5150

Senior Member
Messages
360
this is where subsets come in. because if you have the same illness that i have, you didn't inherit it and genetics mean nothing. you got coughed on or sneezed on, or kissed an infected person, or maybe drank from the same glass(ingested saliva).

unless someone knowingly infected you, there's no sense in Blaming anybody. just the same as you gave it to somebody else before you knew what it was, it's not your fault. that's why once we understand that we have a contagious condition, we must do our best not to infect others. This isn't so easy, but it has to be tried.

Blame and guilt are best avoided in our situation unless you know that another person intentionally exposed you.

if you don't have my subset, maybe you did inherit something. parents who have a disease and still have kids are responsible to those children when the inherited stuff comes out. whether you blame them or they feel guilty are personal choices.
 

Tulip

Guest
Messages
437
No. It was not your mothers evil plan to give you crap genes. ME/CFS is caused by a virus anyway...
 

ukxmrv

Senior Member
Messages
4,413
Location
London
why blame the mother? Father's contribute genes as well.

I don't blame either of my parents for this disease. It may have been around in my family for generations.
 

markmc20001

Guest
Messages
877
The younger folks are not as sick yet maybe? I struggled for 25 years before being forced to quit work. I was in such denial the whole time to boot, figuring some doctor would tell me what the heck was going on.
 

TinyT

Senior Member
Messages
150
Location
Australia
How young is young? I'm 24 and pretty darn sick, about 30-40% functioning, can't work anymore.

The long term effects of this disease have got to be pretty bad though
 

justy

Donate Advocate Demonstrate
Messages
5,524
Location
U.K
Is this poll tyo see the prevalance at different ages. that doesnt work for us all though as some of us have been ill a long time. I first got ill in ym early 20's but am now 41 -where does that put me?
As for genetics, i dont know, my adopted mum who i grew up with has had lots of similar symptoms and strange illnesses for years but we are not related. One of my children was very sick with an M.E type illness for a couple of years but now seems better. who knows.
 

SaveMe

Senior Member
Messages
421
Location
the city
Hello 5150,
you are provided misleading statements. First, this illness is not proven to be contagious, so your claims are based on assumption. WPI confidently states "XMRV is thought to be transmitted through body fluids such as blood, semen, and mothers breast milk but is not transmitted through the air." http://www.wpinstitute.org/xmrv/xmrv_qa.html

this is not a personal attack, but for the sake of science, and for the sake of moving this illness forward, please read up on these things.




Justy and Evangelina: The purpose of this poll is to determine the age prevalence of current ME/CFS sufferers, but you both raise a good point. After I feel this poll is finished, I will address this follow-up question. Good thinking. :)