Chronic Fatigue Is Real


Chronic fatigue syndrome is not hoax. As long-time disability income insurance attorneys, we have seen too many people devastated by this disease to believe that it is not really a severe illness.

People in our line of work generally develop a knack for spotting falsity in claimants trying to wheedle their way into a long term benefits bonanza while still having plenty of capacity to work. We have always found that people truly suffering from CFS are really ill, although medicine has failed to find a viral or bacterial culprit.

Now, it appears that the causes of this devastating affliction are starting to see the light of day.

In an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, author Hillary Johnson reports that a researcher has found a human gammaretrovirus, XMRV, was present in tissue samples of a significant number of chronic fatigue syndrome patients, going back as far as 1984. Recently discovered, XMRV is the third human gammaretrovirus, the other two being H.I.V. and human lymphotropic viruses, which cause leukemia and lymphoma.
 

For the full text of the article, see http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/21/opinion/21johnson.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=XMRV &st=cse.

Hopefully, this discovery is the key to unlocking the mystery of CFS, which has plagued an expanding number of people down through the years. Finding a cause for this affliction would be the first step in finding a cure.

Having seen firsthand the devastation this malady causes in a person’s quality of life, a cure can’t come too soon.