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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.

Thank Senator Markey for Promising to Help ME Patients

"I will be your advocate for more research" Massachusetts senator Ed Markey promised an ME patient at a Town Hall meeting on Feb. 23rd.

Read the story, view the video clip, and then call Senator Markey's office (202-224-2742) to thank him for promising in Northampton to advocate for M.E. on Capitol Hill. If you are an ME patient let them know. If you are a Massachusetts resident be sure to say that. Our Association will be following up with Senator Markey to let him know how he can help!

Watch Jen Brea's TED talk!

"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!

Video of "ME/CFS: A Surge of Interest and Knowledge"

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.

To CDC: Remove GET and CBT from website!

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.

Read more.

Read the community letter.

 

Fibromyalgia Research Study - 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.

For more details, see the study flyer.

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.

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.