This article is part of the supplement: Chronic fatigue syndrome: aetiology, diagnosis and treatment

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Chronic fatigue syndrome: aetiology, diagnosis and treatment

Alfredo Avellaneda Fernández*, Álvaro Pérez Martín, Maravillas Izquierdo Martínez, Mar Arruti Bustillo, Francisco Javier Barbado Hernández, Javier de la Cruz Labrado, Rafael Díaz-Delgado Peñas, Eduardo Gutiérrez Rivas, Cecilia Palacín Delgado, Javier Rivera Redondo and José Ramón Ramón Giménez

BMC Psychiatry 2009, 9(Suppl 1):S1  doi:10.1186/1471-244X-9-S1-S1

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Too many errors for a reputable journal

Ellen Goudsmit   (2010-05-12 09:36)  UEL email

Allergic encephalomyelitis? Surely they mean myalgic encephalomyelitis. Alas, it was just the first of a number of oddities and highly uncritical statements. 'Discomfort post effort' as a minor criterion? Isn't it post-exertional fatigue? That's vague enough. Why make things worse? CFS affects 2.5% of the population? I think the research reported 2.6% using the CDC criteria 1994 and including patients with comorbid psychiatric disorders. Where's pacing, rated consistently as one of the three most helpful strategies for CFS. Safer than graded exercise and not counter-intuitative (if minor activity triggers symptoms, why should increasing minor exertion decrease it? Isn't it like suggesting to a smoker with lung cancer that smoking a few more every few days might help improve their condition? Remember, the alleged link between deconditioning and CFS is based on an assumption, not science. And deconditioning cannot explain some of the immunological and metabolic abnormalities identified in a subset.

Does graded activity actually increase activity levels? Come on psychiatrists. Stop assuming and making unsubstantiated claims; let's see some evidence. Psychological medicine is still a science. Attention to detail matters.

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