Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Gets New Name, Enhanced Recognition
The name, systemic exertion intolerance disease, may be new but the disease itself isn't. Formerly called, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the condition is mysterious and complex. It has stumped the medical system for centuries. There's no test for it, which sufferers say, along with its current name, makes the condition easy to dismiss. "That's the purpose, to make it easier for the doctor to diagnose and take it seriously," says Benjamin Natelson, MD, a professor of neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who also served on the panel and who served on the 1994 committee that shaped its most recent definition. He says that's important because so often, when doctors can't diagnose something with a test, they don't know what it could be and tell patients "it's all in their heads."
- Dr. Benjamin Natelson, Professor, Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai