As part of our ongoing campaign to get rid of the shameful label that is "CFS" I have posted a short "tooltips" essay on the front of Stonebird :
I will carry on campaigning , in my own way, to get rid of CFS, no matter the practical issues.
I was part of the Learning Difficulty/Mental Health , People First/Survivors Speak out movement back in the 80's; this coincided with the closure of the large mental hospitals and asylums; I witnessed , at first hand, how very meaningful and extraordinarily powerful it is for people to take their power back - and how much names and labels mean.
When I trained as Nurse, my qualification was "Registered Nurse for People who have a Mental Handicap." Today, not that many years later, "mental handicap" us just so inappropriate, the correct term to use is " Learning Difficulties".
A while ago, those same human beings were being classed as "Idiots", "Imbeciles" , "Morons" or "Cretin"( from the French for Christian : Christ-like), terms that were slowly replaced by the much more "enlightened "Retarded" in the 1960s.
"Spastic" is no longer an appropriate label for someone who has Cerebal Palsy. Still the Spastic Society was going strong until recently and who calls someone with Down Syndrome a "Mongol" anymore ?
"CFS", like so many labels before it, has now become the most derogatory term; it is high time people with ME take their power back and get rid of it.
The medical profession have lrealy let people down by their use of the term CFS , by not speaking up loudly enough - by caling it a "Syndrome" rather than a disease.
Much better if everyone called it Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - its proper, true name.
I am spurred on through my involvement locally, with the NHS. I have been profoundly shocked at the across the board disdain of people labelled as having "CFS" : rarely is the term "ME" used and the talk, at the highest levels here is about Wessely and the "gold standard" that are the Oxford Criteria
What about all those CFS papers that have been published ?? Those authors frankly have let us down, using the wrong name.
What about all those papers on Mental Handicap ? What about my own qualification ? What about all that published research on the "feeble minded" ?
You move on; that's all. In the history of human services, that is the way progress happens. You make a stand for the truth and move on from a clearer place.
Joint Commisioning Panel for Mental Health has recently published
for commissioners of services for people with medically unexplained
symptoms, specifically listing Myalgic Encephalomyelitis as a "Functional Somatic Disorder". This
is not the first time that an incorrect reclassification has been
attempted. In October
attempt was made to have ME ‘unofficially’
reclassified, as a mental disorder in a U.K adaptation of a WHO
publication, the ‘WHO Guide to Mental Health in Primary Care’, developed by the Collaborating Centre of the Institute of
Psychiatry, London and included under the classification F48.0
After a reprimand from the WHO, an erratum was eventually issued,
acknowledging that the
anyone wishing to challenge this report, the following may be of
Encephalomyelitis (ME) has
by the World Health Organisation since
as an organic neuro…
and Linda Crowhurst (August 8th
2013). Synopsis Paralysis is a
symptom that is rarely highlighted in the literature for ME, yet is
found amongst the most severely ill ME population and even some of
those not so severely affected. My wife has experienced it for almost
2 decades, without adequate exploration, alongside exposure to denial
and dismissal, ignorance and neglect as well as harmful treatment. We wanted to find
out if there was anyone else with a similar experience to my wife's
or if she was a rare and very severe case. We wanted to highlight the
seriousness of this symptom and ask why it is being ignored and down
played not only by the medical profession, with its inappropriate
focus on fatigue and the psychosocial response, but also by the main
charities, none of whom, flag it up as a main symptom. This qualitative
research study indicates that there are significant others
experiencing apparently similar paralysis and that my wife is not
unique. It begs the question why…
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, a neurological disease with multi-system dysfunction is continuing to
disappear from view, lost in a fatigue focus that does not
clinically represent the reality of this severely disabling chronic disease.
There should, you would think, be no compromise on identifying and separating Myalgic Encephalomyelitis from other conditions and recognising the
need for a full medical service with a biomedical pathway, for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).
This is sadly not the case and that has profound implications for those people who have ME especially the most severely affected, who are so isolated as to be almost
invisible to health services, social services and society generally, too ill to engage with them.
It is unlikely that anyone outside the situation really know what life is like for people with Severe and Very Severe ME, who
are house and or bed bound, unable to interact in a normal way and separated from ordinary life by acute environmental hy…