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Chronic fatigue has classified (SEID) as a disease in the US

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A panel of medical experts in the US has officially classified chronic
fatigue syndrome as a disease that needs to be dealt with seriously. And
they’ve also renamed it to mark the upgrade – it’s now called ‘systemic
exertion intolerance disease’, or SEID for short.

It’s pretty huge news for people affected by the mysterious illness,
which has often been brushed off by clinicians as simply being
“exhaustion” or a psychological, rather than physical, condition, as a
result of its lack of set symptoms.
In certain countries, including the UK and Australia, the disease is also called myalgic encephalomyelitis, but this definition is quite specific and doesn’t accurately describe the condition for many sufferers.
“Because
there is no specific test for SEID, many people who have it haven’t
been diagnosed, and healthcare professionals often have viewed patients
as complainers whose symptoms are psychological, not physical,” writes
Miriam E. Tucker over at NPR’s Shot channel.
Despite
the confusion over its classification, chronic fatigue, or SEID as it’s
now known, has some pretty debilitating symptoms. It’s estimated to
affect more than 180,000 Australians and up to 2.5 million Americans,
and it can leave people housebound, unable to attend school or work.
And the new, 235-page report
released on Tuesday by a 15-person panel from the US Institute of
Medicine, has now locked down specific criteria that will allow doctors
to diagnose who is affected by the disease. They also make the point of
clarifying that the disease “is real”.
“It is not appropriate to dismiss these patients by saying ‘I am chronically fatigued, too.’” the authors write in the report.
The new definition of the disease is also much simpler than the current description, and focusses on these key symptoms:
  • A substantial decrease in function as a result of fatigue that lasts at least six months;
  • Exhaustion after minor physical or mental exertion, known as post-exertional malaise;
  • Cognitive impairment (or “brain fog”) and/or the symptoms getting worse when the patient is standing up;
  • Unrefreshing sleep.

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While
those criteria may seem quite broad, they’re also easy and cheap for
doctors to test for, and will make diagnosis far quicker. Currently it
can take months or years for a physician to come up with a diagnosis of
chronic fatigue, which, for someone who can’t even pull themselves out
of bed, is understandably frustrating.
Although there still isn’t
one agreed upon way to treat SEID, the paper outlines research-backed
ways to treat individual symptoms, and also encourages further research
into the disease. 
For now, this decision has only been made in
the US, but it’s a very positive step forward for sufferers of the
disease around the world, who are used to not having their disease taken
seriously.
As Lucinda Bateman, one of the panel members, who runs a fatigue speciality clinic in Salt Lake City, told Tucker, they especially chose the term “disease” rather than “disorder” because “it’s a stronger word.”
Source: NPR

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