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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.

From the Federal Register - U.S. government (eff. July 25, 2012)

Social Security Ruling, SSR 12-2p; Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Fibromyalgia
  Notice issued by the Commissioner of Social Security on the Ruling (SSR 12-2p) providing guidance for evidence that needs to be met in order to establish that a person has a medically determinable impairment of Fibromyalgia (FM). It also reviews the evaluation of FM in disability claims/continuing disability reviews under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act. Effective date of this ruling: July 25, 2012. 

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.