The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association, a 501(c)3 founded in 1985, exists to meet the needs of patients with CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) or FM (Fibromyalgia), their families and loved ones. The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association works to educate health-care providers and the general public regarding these severely-disabling physical illnesses. We also support patients and their families and advocate for more effective treatment and research.
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- Last Updated: 15 February 2017 15 February 2017
"What happens when you have a disease doctors can't diagnose," film-maker and ME/CFS advocate Jen Brea's TED talk, was filmed in June 2016 and has recently been made available for viewing (subtitles in 10 languages!). This is 17 minutes of gripping power. Watch it now!
- Last Updated: 08 December 2016 08 December 2016
The video of "ME/CFS: A Surge of Interest and Knowledge", the lecture by Dr. Anthony Komaroff, Harvard Medical School Professor, Clinician and Researcher, presented to Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association on Nov. 5, 2016, is now posted.
The lecture is 63 minutes.
The Q&A is 34 minutes.
- Last Updated: 02 December 2016 02 December 2016
Eleven patient organizations, including Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association, and 52 individual advocates have called for CDC to remove recommendations for GET (Graded Exercise Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) from the CDC's ME/CFS website.
- Last Updated: 07 October 2016 07 October 2016
This study is still recruiting patients as of October 2016.
This is a brain imaging study of pain responses. The study includes 5-14 assessment visits, lasting from 2-3 hours each. You may be eligible if you are 18-65 years old, are either generally healthy or have fibromyalgia, do not have a serious heart condition or certain other medical conditions, are not taking certain types of medications, and are not pregnant. There is no cost to you for any of the procedures and compensation up to $500.00 is provided.
The research takes place at the Brigham & Women’s Pain Management Center, 850 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, and at the MGH Martinos Center
for Biomedical Imaging. For further information, please contact the study coordinator Olivia Franceschelli at 617-732-9718 or by email at ofranceschelli :at: partners.org.
- Last Updated: 05 October 2016 05 October 2016
September 27, 2016
There were two Millions Missing events in Massachusetts on Sept. 27, one in Boston and one in Northampton.
In Boston, a small but intrepid group chatted with passers-by and handed out lots of ME/CFS Fact Sheets.
In Northampton, the mayor came out to greet the demonstrators and pledged to issue a City Proclamation for ME Awareness.
Photos from Boston.
Photos from Northampton. We expect the mayor of Northampton to issue a City Proclamation for ME Awareness soon.
Photos from Northampton.
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Notice about names
The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association would like to clarify the use of the various acronyms for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue & Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) on this site. When we generate our own articles on the illness, we will refer to it as ME/CFS, the term now generally used in the United States. When we are reporting on someone else’s report, we will use the term they use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are currently using ME/CFS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are calling the illness CFS.
Until there is consensus on a name for the illness, the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association name will not change.