Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome the new name for what we used to call hypochodriacs?

I've read all the stuff on Epstein Barr viruses and Fibromyalgia and testimony from a bunch of people that swear they have it and it's real. I've known several people who have been diagnosed with this, and meet all the medical "criteria". Looking at the medical criteria, It seems rather vague to me. I also know people who have things like, migraines immunological disorders and such, even allergies…Those things can be diagnosed and treated. But I've noticed that ALL the people I know with CFS also claim to have a plthora of other ailments including the ones I listed. The difference is they have them ALL. Not allegies or headaches…Everything! I find this very hard to believe…because being symptomatic with every ailment seems more like a hypochondriacal attention seeking behaviour……than anything else. I don't want to seem like I don't have empathy for those suffering…..but Where do we draw the line? I get tired of hearing how someone is "dying" everyday.

Written By Soniamiller

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  • sophieb March 17, 2009, 11:47 pm

    Some people with CFS are truly totally fatigued, but others I've noticed do have other ailments and whether they are just excuses so they don't have to perform (it's part of the CFS) or if it's symptomatic, or not I'm not a doctor and I can't say.

    I can tell you that I had a long time friend who had EB, then later called it CFS and was still holding on to the CFS at 12 years (when studies said the longest of people having CFS was 10 years (at that time; I don't know if that study is proven or not). I brought that to his attention and immediately he sprung up out of his funk, started riding a bike, bought himself some new clothes, started a business, started going out, and got married. So sometimes it takes someone to come along and say, "hey".

    Seems that CFS from what I saw was like a phobia in that it's almost like your growth is stunted and you can't get out of bed and face things.

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