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“March 12, 2015 The Pulse
Chronic fatigue syndrome gets new name, enhanced recognition
Tasha Kelemen, 42, directs a local non profit. She doesn’t look sick, but she’s had a hard time convincing peers — even doctors — that anything is wrong with her.
“A typical experience will be the resident comes in, looks at my folder, sees that I have chronic fatigue syndrome listed as my primary diagnosis, and then says to me, ‘Well, I think that must be what I have,'” she recalls, laughing. “You sort of learn that there’s no point, that you sort of have to control your anger.”
The condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome is mysterious and complex. It has stumped the medical system for centuries. There’s no test for it, which Kelemen and others say, along with its current name, makes the condition easy to dismiss.”
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