The Dr. Oz show covered ME/CFS today, XMRV & how it’s related. I missed it because I was at the ENT but I did find a link to the Dr. Oz website that does a great job of covering ME/CFS. The website discusses how until this XMRV news came out, CFS received very little consideration. Here is what Dr. Oz has to say about ME/CFS & XMRV:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has received relatively little consideration since it was first described in 1988, but the recent finding published in the prestigious journal Science showing an association between CFS and a retrovirus, XMRV has focused media and medical attention on this serious, devastating and debilitating neuroimmune condition. While there are some people with CFS (PWC) who are able to continue working and doing some of their activities of daily living, there are also many at the opposite end of the spectrum who are bed-ridden, completely disabled, and can’t even get to the bathroom without assistance. While CFS doesn’t kill many people, it does take away their lives and, in many cases, their livelihood.
CFS affects anywhere between 1 and 4 million Americans, but many more may “carry” XMRV. It affects people of any age, race, or socioeconomic group. It most commonly affects women 20–50; women are affected about 4 times more commonly than men. In teens and children, the average age of onset is 11.5. As teens, males and females are equally affected, but males tend to do a little better after puberty, whereas females tend to do worse.
While there are many middle-aged women who feel that they’re “tired all the time,” we have to distinguish between Chronic Fatigue SYNDROME and “chronic fatigue.” This confusion is because CFS was a poor name choice, akin to calling Parkinson’s disease “chronic shaking” or calling tuberculosis “chronic cough.” Other more appropriate names for CFS include the British choice myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and XAND (X Associated Neuroimmune Disease.)
Dr. Oz also covers the diagnostic criteria for ME/CFS and stresses that ME/CFS is not just the normal “tired” that most people feel.
He goes on to say what ME/CFS is NOT:
CFS is NOT “all in your head.” We have known for years that it clearly has a biological basis and the new findings associating it with the retrovirus XMRV (xenotropic murine leukemia-virus related virus) is just one more piece of evidence confirming that. While we do not yet know whether XMRV is a causative factor for CFS, a “piggy-back” virus, or a virus that PWC react differently to than others, we do know that CFS is NOT “psychosomatic” or a over-reaction to stress. We also know that CFS is NOT a manifestation of depression.
Please read all of the article on the Dr. Oz website at the link below.