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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.

This page is dedicated to September, Pain Awareness Month (2011)

A public awareness campaign about chronic pain is underway on Facebook, sponsored by the American Pain Foundation (APF). The Foundation is hoping to secure a presidential proclamation designating September as “National Pain Awareness Month.” In honor of their endeavor, Massachusetts CFIDS/ ME & FM Association has created a new section in our Resource Library specifically designated for articles and information related to chronic pain.  New items on this topic will be added in the weeks and months ahead.

Here are some of the resources:

If you suffer pain from fibromyalgia, request that your physician acquire a copy of recently published article in Journal of Rheumatology, July 15, 2011;38(7) which may promote more realistic expectations about FM, including pain:  A study of 1555 FM Patients provides valuable insight on longitudinal outcome of FM.


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.