The causes for ME/CFS and thus everyone person who has it, is experienced very individually. There are a number of symptoms which make up the criteria to be diagnosed with ME/CFS - however each person experiences them to a different intensity. Can we link it to other conditions, yes but are they preexisting conditions or the result of having ME/CFS?
This is a very complex question as ME/CFS is thought to be linked to other physical and psychological conditions, however which came first? Was the condition preexisting and contributed to the person getting ME/CFS, or did the ME/CFS cause this condition?
There is a widespread belief amoung medical professionals that people who experience Depression will ‘get’ ME/CFS and that it may be the same diagnosis, and they will therefore only address the Depression in their treatment. However, this is ignoring the big picture and often results in non effective treatment and alienating the person with ME/CFS. They are separate conditions, but which came first? We do know that being depressed lowers your immune system and increases your vulnerability to viruses such as those that can lead to ME/CFS. And yet we also know how terribly debilitating ME/CFS is, and that it can cause people to become very depressed.
This is a complex question and it's important to understand that ME/CFS is different in every person, but on the same hand it is the same to every individual, and it may be linked to other conditions.
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