Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Gets Some Respect
New research and diagnosis criteria lend credence to a disease that often goes dismissed.
In 2006, I
staggered into a
room. The previous week, my legs seemed stuck
to the floor, and I strained mightily to lift them.
I couldn’t tell whether my muscles were suddenly too
weak to raise my feet, or whether the signal to move
was getting lost as it traveled from my brain to my legs.
Whatever was happening, I needed help.
The neurologist’s diagnosis: chronic fatigue syndrome.
After I recovered from my incredulity — fatigue? — I