The disease known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), a multi-system disease adversely affects the cellular mitochondria and the heart, brain, neuroendocrine, immune, and circulatory systems. With the recognition of many cases around the world, including a number of cases at the Royal Free Hospital in England, M.E. was first identified in the 1950's. The etiology of the disease remains a mystery. Many different viruses, bacteria, or toxins in combination with genetic factors may be involved. Disease onset usually begins in childhood or early adulthood with an acute infection.
My Personal Experience
Pursuant to several years of chronic illness, I eventually gave up on seeking medical intervention. In 1970, 1982, and 1984 blood tests repeatedly confirmed a diagnosis of mononucleosis. Not until 1990 did I receive an official diagnosis of CFS by a well-informed doctor. Fortunately by the time my conditioned worsened, Congress had finally enacted a practical definition for Social Security Disability to accept CFS documented cases. I became one of them. Following several hospitalizations, a heart attack in '99, and profound muscle weakness, I had to retire at age 50 from a successful career in financial planning.