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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.

We recommend this excellent research review on the role of reactivated viral and bacterial infections in the CFS/ME disease process. Dr.Kent Holtorf, MD, in an article for ProHealth, reviews 20 years of medical research pointing to the chronic reactivation of herpes viruses (EBV, CMV, HHV-6) and bacteria (mycoplasma, chlamydia pneumoniae, and Lyme disease), in ME/CFS and FM.

He also explains why the use of normal antibody tests, IgG and IgM, which normally detect the presence of a new and active infections do not identify chronic, reactivated infections in these illnesses. Moreover, these reactivated infections do not normally occur in the blood and sera, but in the cellular tissue (nerves, brain and white blood cells)—another factor making them hard to detect. He also identifies a number of markers that may indicate an underlying chronic infection in ME/CFS. Read the article.

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.