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Missteps in Creating a Long Haul COVID Case Definition Unintentional stigma is perpetuated by scientists. Vernita Perkins, PhD and Leonard A. Jason

Discussion in 'Epidemics (including Covid-19)' started by Sly Saint, Nov 23, 2021.

  1. Sly Saint

    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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  2. DokaGirl

    DokaGirl Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Agreed, very important to carefully consider time frames and how they affect diagnosis and treatment, as well as the impact on socioeconomic issues for a given population.

    However, on another point, I question whether "most patients" call this disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as these researchers say.

    Early on, I had lots of smart arse/nasty retorts when I told people I have cfs. Some of them only heard "chronic fatigue", and were abusive in official health care and other institutional settings, because they thought CFS is a fabrication.

    I have found this term only brings derision and misunderstanding. It blocks communication.

    I stay as far away as possible from the stigmatizing term Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

    I understand some people will think differently about the term Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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  3. Wilhelmina Jenkins

    Wilhelmina Jenkins Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Atlanta, GA, USA
    I know that it’s different in the UK, but most people in the US have no idea what ME is. In fact, I would argue that most patients in the US don’t call this disease ME - they just call it CFS still. ME/CFS is the preferred term with researchers, government agencies, and many of the advocates who work with both.

    A year or so ago, Jaime Seltzer did a study of what hashtags were used most often on Twitter to refer to this disease. The answer was still CFS.

    If this disease is as common as we say it is, there are millions of people out there who have no idea what disease they have. If they are able to get a diagnosis at all, it’s probably CFS. Everyone hates the name CFS, myself absolutely included, but it worries me that, if we don’t have a name that people outside of the activist community can recognize, we aren’t reaching people who would greatly benefit by being connected. For me, ME/CFS works to bridge the gap between various communities of patients, clinicians, researchers and government officials until science brings us a better name.
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