Dr. Bell on ME/CFS Symptom Variation: Illness or Host?

Roughly 70% of the persons I see in the office have a pattern of symptoms that is “typical of” chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The remaining 30% have variations where doubt can be raised as to the diagnosis. This variation in symptoms is the main reason that researchers may see CFS as a variety of differing illnesses that produce fatigue as a symptom…. But I feel that the vast majority have a single illness, rather than CFS being a mish-mash of different illnesses. The issue here is the debate of illness versus host.

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