ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia: What is the Meaning of ‘Recovery’?

Re-cov-er-y (ri-kuhv-uh-ree): noun
– regaining something lost or taken away

The medical model of illness tends to define “recovery” in very black-and-white terms. It implies a cure, or an elimination of symptoms, in which patients return to their pre-disease (or “pre-morbid,” as it is referred to in the medical literature) state.

When it comes to a chronic illness like Fibromyalgia (FM) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), the issue of recovery is much more complex.


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