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Name preference? CFS, ME-itis (2 versions), ME-opathy, SEID, or Ramsay

Name preference? CFS, CFIDS, ME-itis, ME-opathy, SEID, or Ramsay

  • CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • ME-itis (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)

    Votes: 18 25.0%
  • ME-opathy (Myalgic Encephalopathy)

    Votes: 4 5.6%
  • SEID (Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease)

    Votes: 18 25.0%
  • Ramsay's Disease (or Ramsay Disease)

    Votes: 26 36.1%
  • Other – eponymous (Please post any suggestions in the thread.)

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Other – non-eponymous (Please post any suggestions in the thread.)

    Votes: 2 2.8%
  • Don't know / No strong preference

    Votes: 3 4.2%
  • ME-itis 2 (Myalgic Encephalitis)

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    72

Sean

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Yet another name poll, to hopefully help this evolving debate along.

My preference is Ramsay's Disease, until we are sure of the primary underlying pathology.

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An eponymous name has one huge advantage in that we don't have to keep changing it as the knowledge about the disease improves, and spend our lives arguing about whether it is technically accurate.

I have no idea what the late Mr Ramsay would have thought. He may well have been horrified at having it named after him.

If we are going to push for an eponymous name then I do think we should first check with the person, or their surviving family, that it is okay with them to use their name in this manner. If they object, then it is not an option for us, far as I am concerned.

I have deliberately not included other eponymous options, like Mirza or Cheney-Bell, because there are literally dozens of those possibilities, and the most commonly mentioned one seems to be Ramsay. But this could be the subject of a separate poll, just on eponymous names.

One option for an eponymous name is to name it after a place, not a person. For example, Royal Free Disease, after the hospital where Ramsay did his work.
 

nandixon

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Our best chance may be to make the new name as close as possible to "Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease," but have it sound like a real disease (finally). These are four possibilities:

Systemic Exertional Neuroimmune Disease

Multisystemic Exertional Neuroimmune Disease

Systemic Exertional Neuroinflammatory Disease

Multisystemic Exertional Neuroinflammatory Disease
 

Sean

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Not going to play word games with you, Ember. The poll question is clear enough, with (I believe) enough options for everybody to have their fair say.

If you don't want to be part of the poll, that is fine. But I am asking a serious question in good faith to find out the range of preferences within the patient community.
 

Ember

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Not going to play word games with you, Ember.... But I am asking a serious question in good faith to find out the range of preferences within the patient community.
I'm not "playing word games." Are you assuming that the diseases being considered should have only one name? It's a serious question--one that must be addressed in any upcoming proposal to change ICD codes.
 
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Sean

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I am asking the question in the context of the IOM report, so whatever it is they are trying to describe, regardless of whether you agree with their criteria or the name they recommend.
 

Ember

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I am asking the question in the context of the IOM report, so whatever it is they are trying to describe, regardless of whether you agree with their criteria or the name they recommend.
Your response completely changes the way that I would answer. I have ME, and I would not want the IOM criteria to be named ME, nor do I believe that is what they are trying to describe.
 
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Kati

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I have not answered the poll. . I disagree with Ramsey because when you try to explain the name of the disease to suspicious physicians, then they revert to "chronic fatigue syndrome".

The experts are saying that ME is not representative of this disease. It is not because Sophia Mirza has been posthumously shown features of encephalomyelitis that each one of us will present with these features. Therefore, it's not going to fly with mainstream doctors.

I have said it before and will say it again- our perfect name has not come up yet. Give us 100 millions in biomedical research and let's decide after that funding has been spent and papers published.

So SEID, as an interim name is not too bad, as long as physicians start their dissemination work very soon. From what I read on Medscape comment board, there are many, many doctors that have a lot of learning to do. :bang-head:
 
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msf

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How about the term KDM proposed in one of his videos - Gastrointestinal-Immune-Neurotoxic Syndrome, or GIN for short? If we're going to have a joke for a name, then we might as well have a good joke (KDM went on to say it was unlikely to be adopted but would be quite apt, since you can't have gin without tonic and that's what his patients lack). It's also a much better cover-all definition than the SEID one, in my opinion.
 

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Until we can pin down more specifics with further research, I like the proposed new name (SEID). I feel like they've listened to what's important.

It says "disease" rather than "syndrome", which lends an appropriate tone of significance.

And it focuses on post-exertional malaise on a system-wide scale as the central and defining symptom of the illness.

I know that not all of you share my relief with what they've gone with, but I'm personally very pleased.