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    Does your current GP have the skills and knowledge to care for ME/CFS patients?

    • NO - sympathetic but needs more education (43%, 413 Votes)
    • NO - not interested in ME/CFS (21%, 204 Votes)
    • YES - to some extent (17%, 164 Votes)
    • NO - knows nothing about ME/CFS (11%, 108 Votes)
    • YES - very much so (8%, 69 Votes)
    • Total Voters: 958

Start Date: February 1, 2013 @ 12:38 am
End Date: March 28, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    Overall, what has happened to your health in relation to ME/CFS during the course of 2012?

    • Major improvement (4%, 39 Votes)
    • Minor improvement (14%, 140 Votes)
    • No change (19%, 194 Votes)
    • Minor deterioration (31%, 320 Votes)
    • Major deterioration (32%, 340 Votes)
    • Total Voters: 1,033

Start Date: January 1, 2013 @ 12:08 am
End Date: March 28, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    Who uses our website? Up to 2 votes per person are allowed

    • I have ME/CFS (UK) (71%, 689 Votes)
    • I have ME/CFS (Overseas) (4%, 39 Votes)
    • I may have ME/CFS (9%, 92 Votes)
    • Carer (3%, 32 Votes)
    • Partner (4%, 42 Votes)
    • Parent (7%, 69 Votes)
    • Health Professional (3%, 32 Votes)
    • Journalist/Broadcaster (0%, 4 Votes)
    • Other (7%, 65 Votes)
    • Total Voters: 970

Start Date: December 1, 2012 @ 1:10 am
End Date: March 28, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    Have you consulted your MP (whole of the UK) about an ME/CFS or benefit related issue? If so, what was the response?

    • Very helpful (10%, 45 Votes)
    • Fairly helpful (9%, 40 Votes)
    • Neutral (9%, 39 Votes)
    • Unhelpful (18%, 83 Votes)
    • Refused to help (6%, 27 Votes)
    • Awaiting a response (4%, 16 Votes)
    • No - never contacted my MP (44%, 205 Votes)
    • Total Voters: 457

Start Date: November 1, 2012 @ 12:00 am
End Date: December 31, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    If you have applied for ESA (Employment and Support Allowance), what was the outcome?

    • Awaiting a decision (10%, 59 Votes)
    • Placed in Support Group (14%, 78 Votes)
    • Placed in Work Related Activity Group (24%, 136 Votes)
    • Refused - successful on appeal (7%, 40 Votes)
    • Refused - unsuccessful on appeal (7%, 41 Votes)
    • Refused - appeal in progress (11%, 63 Votes)
    • Refused - did not appeal (7%, 39 Votes)
    • Have not applied for ESA (20%, 112 Votes)
    • Total Voters: 568

Start Date: October 2, 2012 @ 7:42 pm
End Date: November 1, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    How many hours of solid uninterrupted sleep (regardless of medication) do you normally have each night?

    • Less than one (1%, 22 Votes)
    • 1-2 (8%, 159 Votes)
    • 2-3 (18%, 349 Votes)
    • 3-4 (22%, 420 Votes)
    • 4-5 (14%, 273 Votes)
    • 5-6 (10%, 188 Votes)
    • 6-7 (7%, 137 Votes)
    • 7-8 (6%, 119 Votes)
    • 8-10 (7%, 124 Votes)
    • More than 10 (7%, 98 Votes)
    • Total Voters: 1,890

Start Date: September 1, 2012 @ 6:02 am
End Date: November 1, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    When you were diagnosed with ME/CFS, did the person who diagnosed you, OTHER THAN YOUR GP, give you notes to help you understand about ME and the best ways to cope with your symptoms?

    • YES – they were helpful (11%, 84 Votes)
    • YES – but they were not very helpful (5%, 38 Votes)
    • YES – but they were not at all helpful (2%, 18 Votes)
    • YES – but they were misleading (2%, 15 Votes)
    • NO – I got my notes from my GP (4%, 30 Votes)
    • NO – I did not receive any notes from the person who diagnosed me (73%, 559 Votes)
    • CAN'T REMEMBER (3%, 18 Votes)
    • Total Voters: 764

Start Date: August 1, 2012 @ 2:12 am
End Date: November 1, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    When you were diagnosed with ME/CFS, did your GP give you notes to help you understand about ME and the best ways to cope with your symptoms?

    • YES - they were helpful (5%, 45 Votes)
    • YES - but they were not very helpful. (3%, 30 Votes)
    • YES - but they were not at all helpful. (1%, 9 Votes)
    • YES - but they were misleading. (1%, 9 Votes)
    • NO - I did not receive any GP notes. (88%, 797 Votes)
    • CAN'T REMEMBER (2%, 11 Votes)
    • Total Voters: 903

Start Date: July 1, 2012 @ 2:06 am
End Date: November 1, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Are you doing our survey on CBT, GET and Pacing? Results will go into our response to the NICE guideline review.

    • YES - completed (45%, 79 Votes)
    • YES - doing in stages (10%, 18 Votes)
    • YES - will be doing (13%, 23 Votes)
    • MIGHT DO (5%, 9 Votes)
    • NO (UK) (23%, 41 Votes)
    • NO (Oversease) (4%, 5 Votes)
    • Total Voters: 176

Start Date: June 1, 2012 @ 2:02 am
End Date: November 1, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Overall, what best describes the attitude of your immediate family towards your illness?

    • Very understanding (17%, 181 Votes)
    • Understanding (11%, 121 Votes)
    • Mixed (understanding in some ways but not in others) (44%, 473 Votes)
    • Lacking in understanding (19%, 207 Votes)
    • Not interested (7%, 75 Votes)
    • No immediate family (2%, 21 Votes)
    • Total Voters: 1,078

Start Date: May 1, 2012 @ 1:02 am
End Date: June 30, 2012 @ 10:11 am