CFS Patient Some years ago (2012)I developed pretty much the full range of CFS symptoms. I still even 6 years later cannot do more than 45 minutes of mild exercise and have withdrawn from a very wide range of social activities. In short things remain very tricky. A couple of things helped. 1. Tai Chi. 2. Getting a dog. 3. Having a wife. The most important facilitator of coping was to have sufficient financial resources to have options that give a freedom from basic economic worries. What did not help in any way whatsoever were the medical professionals that I encountered along this road. My GP is overworked and cannot really analyse the problem. Very little NHS resource is available even in London. My referral to the Hospital for Integrated Medicine was an insight into how not to address this problem. The Consultant had no ideas beyonf CBS and GET...thrown in with dietary advice. I was asked to participate in the QMC PACE survey and given what (from memory) was a 60 page questionnaire. After looking at a number of questions I assessed it as second rate social science. Many questions were closed, leading and teleological. I threw it in the bin. No follow up crystallised If that was my reaction then how many others invited to participate also thought it was worthless. My question here is though..if Fiona Watt assesses CFS as a research priority then how much is spent by the MRC on it? Is it as much as £1 in £10,000? Her claim is that such research is a "priority". What constitutes a priority? Is it in the top 200 areas of funded research? Does it secure one basis point of the MRC budget per annum? My intuition is that psychological factors contribute to the deterioration of a subject that develops CFS. There is a physiological basis to the syndrome. Our immune system is degraded. The reversal of that degradation should be the subject of research that will restore our life chances. Real medical research not psycobabble from aspirant social science Phd students hopping onto unproven and unwanted nostrums is what we need.