Survey Summary   

NC ChemNet conducted a survey for persons with CFIDS/FM/MCS and related health problems Oct 30 thru Nov 15, 1999

The survey team was made up of 2 persons from North Carolina, One from California and one from Canada. This Web Page reflects the numbers from the survey.  

updated 07/05/2002 11:52 AM


Respondents come from 38 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces, the Yukon Territory, 5 European countries, Australia, and New Zealand.

Total # Responses Average Age # Female # Male Average Years of Education Advanced Degree*
186 46.8 150 27 15.3 179
           
% of Total   80.6 14.5   61.3

*Percentage of respondents with advanced degrees; many hold several degrees. Also note, percentages of female/male do not sum to 100% because several respondents did not indicate gender.

Primary Illnesses

Illness SBS MCS CFIDS FM Asthma Porphyria Food Sensitivity Drug Sensitivity Latex Allergy Other Allergies
Total # 69 157 81 65 101 26 117 108 31 103
                     
% of Total 37.1 84.4 43.5 34.9 54.3 14.0 62.9 58.1 16.7 55.4

Symptoms

Illness Headache Allergic Asthma Chemical Irritant Asthma Other Breathing Problems Decreased Odor Sense Increased Odor Sense Increased Noise Sense* Bloating/Other GI Problems Memory Loss
Total # 160 75 93 93 37 149 89 140 156
                   
% of Total 86.0 40.3 50.0 50.0 19.9 80.1 47.8 75.3 83.9

*Form error: over time, expect this percentage to approach increased odor sense.

Illness Flu-like Dizziness Vertigo Loss of Concentration Fatigue Skin Problems Muscle Pains Joint Pains Numbness/Tingling
Total # 130 133 90 148 164 75 149 126 121
                   
% of Total 69.9 71.5 48.4 79.6 88.2 40.3 80.1 67.7 65.1

 

Illness ENT Problems Cardiovascular Problems Cardiovascular Spasm Coronary Heart Disease Arrhythmia Genitourinary Infections
Total # 141 89 25 9 41 53 73
               
% of Total 75.8 47.8 13.4 4.8 22.0 28.5 39.2

 

Illness Learning Problems Food Allergies Drug Allergies Vision Problems Autoimmune
Disease
Seizures Irritability Behavioral Problems Inflammation
Total # 50 116 109 112 83 24 136 50 69
                   
% of Total 26.9 62.4 58.6 60.2 44.6 12.9 73.1 26.9 37.1