The 2014 statistics for Canadians reporting a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or multiple chemical sensitivities, (by sex, household population aged 12 and older) are here:
I wonder if the drop in MCS diagnosis has anything to do with fewer doctors being aware of how to diagnose it, or the lack of support (to put it nicely) that they receive for diagnosing and treating patients with MCS?
It certainly isn’t because our environments are less toxic or that we have more access to health care, or other necessary social supports available that would reduce incidence development.
I’ve heard from more than a few people who know they have MCS (thanks to independent research and luck), that their doctors “don’t believe in it”, so they can’t get an official diagnosis.
Interesting too about the jump in numbers of people diagnosed with FM.
Perhaps the increase in FM diagnosis is due to the fact that it is now widely “recognized as real” (since a few pharmaceuticals were developed to treat some of the symptoms without causing more problems in some of the people), so maybe more people with MCS are either getting or choosing to use just the FM diagnosis (with MCS as a symptom instead of an actual diagnosis) because trying to get disability income or accommodations with MCS alone is such a nightmarish process?
My own FM flares are totally caused by some kinds of chemical exposures. Unless people with FM were advised to reduce or eliminate everyday chemical exposures (by doing things like choosing fragrance-free personal care, laundry and cleaning products), and change their diets to fresh, clean organic foods, most would never know how much everyday products, materials, and foods (or food-like products) affect their pain and functioning levels.
Since the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) tracks MCS (they have since 2005), isn’t it time for MCS to have its own specific ICD code?
Isn’t it time for all Canadian doctors to know how to diagnose and treat people with MCS, as well as offer prevention tips so that the condition doesn’t become severe and disabling?
Isn’t it time for ALL medical and dental practices and practitioners to be at minimum fragrance-free so that they would be more accessible to people with MCS?
Isn’t it time for ALL places and services to be accessible to people disabled from MCS?
Accessible (healthy) environments would benefit everyone!
In 2010 there were more people with MCS than there were with cancer or other well serviced health conditions.
It’s time for
Regarding the use of CFS, the stat site noted this:
“At the time of collection, respondents were asked if they had “chronic fatigue syndrome” that had been diagnosed by a health professional. Although the condition can be referred to by other terms, such as “myalgic encephalomyelitis” or “systemic exertion intolerance disease,” this analysis uses the term “chronic fatigue syndrome” to reflect what was asked during the interview.”