ME Reclassified

ME Reclassified

Over on the pernicious anaemia society bit of HU, this news has been posted:

Just been reading that the illness ME/CFS has been reclassified as a neurological illness.

Asking for a reference to read more, I was given this, and very interesting it is too:

I recommend it to anyone interested in the politics of medicine and what can happen when the right people end up communicating.


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  • Yes Martyn Hooper reported they changed the PA NICE guidelines - is it spreading?

    ME too? I do hope so...

    maybe we can now change Thyroid treatment guidelines.... record stuck sorry....

  • Step in the right direction but classification as an endocrine illness rather than neurological would allow patients to actually be treated. But we can't have that, now can we. They have an undiagnosable, untreatable disease.

  • No, ME has not been “reclassified” as a neurological condition. It has been classed as a neurological condition by the World Health Organisation for 45 years, since 1969. The WHO states that illnesses can only be listed in one place, and the problem referred to here is that on their website NICE were wrongly listing CFS as a mental health and behavioural condition as well as neurological. They were contacted about this error by the Countess of Mar and have now changed their website, removing the listing under mental health and behavioural conditions and leaving it under neurological alone.

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