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Real world to doubters: it's not in their heads. Medical research now links this devastating condition to a retrovirus:

A Case of Chronic Denial (New York Times)

(Tip of the hat to PG, commenting on Alas, A Blog.)

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nouvellebrielle
Oct. 22nd, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh. New effect on tort law cases, I predict. Thanks for sharing this, it's super relevant to me in all sorts of ways. ;)
chomiji
Oct. 23rd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)

Glad to be useful!

dana1witch
Oct. 22nd, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
I've seen this and found it very interesting. A lot of working people complain about being tired all the time - maybe there is more to it than how our society works.
chomiji
Oct. 23rd, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)

There's a difference between being tired all the time - which I am, pretty much - and having this. After a couple of days' rest, I'm good for paddling a kayak around a marsh (which I did this past summer) for a couple of hours or walking a couple of miles through sand. A person with chronic fatigue syndrome would still be completely wrung out in that circumstance.

I know that in my case, it's partially the stress of being under multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines, as well as being held responsible in situations over which I don't have much control.

fmanalyst
Oct. 22nd, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
It's really good news. I've been a part of the CFS/fibromyalgia community for a long time, and it's good to see the tide turn.
chomiji
Oct. 23rd, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)

Are your doctors on top of this news?

smillaraaq
Oct. 22nd, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
If you haven't already seen it, there's also an interesting article in the NYT links sidebar about the difficulty of breaking with emotionally abusive parents. I've been trying to wade through the associated comments blog for the last few days and it's rough going -- simultaneously reassuring and heartbreaking and maddening. (Good because it's full of so many folks who have been there and understand what a difficult thing it is, bad because their stories, and some of the more obnoxious commenters, echo all the frustrating experiences with the folks who do NOT get it and make these things all the more difficult...)
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