Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis
So How Do You Diagnose ME/CFS/PVFS?
How do you get a Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME ), Post Viral Fatigue
Syndrome, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosis ?
First - What Are We Diagnosing Here?
Well, first it's important to point out that each
'name' has its own definition : Throughout the years, as
the medical community has tried to pinpoint just what this illness
is, they've come up with different
names, each with a similar
but different definition.
As time has passed, it has emerged that they were actually looking at various sub-groups of illnesses. So to make it easier to refer to this 'collection of labels' it was agreed to refer to them as 'ME/CFS'.
Please note: Post Viral
Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome are believed to fall under the umbrella term 'ME/CFS'.
To make it easier for you to read through this page, Sleepydust
will use the term 'ME/CFS' to refer to them collectively.
But it's worth bearing in mind that each of these separate terms
have similar but different definitions.
ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis
The most common way for doctors make a ME/ Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome diagnosis is by process of elimination. However, research is emerging that ME/CFS (or to be more specific, particular subgroups that fall under this 'umbrella term') may be identified through certain medical tests.
Diagnosis By Process Of Elimination
Certain conditions must be ruled out first before a ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
diagnosis can be made. These include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes or Anaemia
There are also conditions, such as Fibromyalgia, which have overlapping
The main difference between Fibromyalgia and M.E./ Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome is that Fibromyalgia sufferers experience more pain (although there
is obviously much more to Fibromyalgia than this).
If you think you may
have ME/CFS, but suffer greatly from pain, then Fibromyalgia is
worth looking into as it might well be that you have Fibro instead of (or as well as) ME/CFS
. More about Fibromyalgia ...
How Do You Make Sure Your Doctor Knows The Correct Facts About ME/CFS?
There is unfortunately still a lot to be learned about ME/CFS and
no universal cure or treatment has yet been found. However, when it comes
to dealing with the condition, we do have a somewhat clearer idea of what
sufferers should and should not do.
But it is up to us, the ME/CFS sufferers themselves, to correct the
misinformation and disbelief among society and the medical profession, about
If you do only two things, please:
1) Give you doctor a copy of the Canadian
ME/CFS Criteria (2003). The criteria was put together by a panel
of international ME/CFS specialists and has been described as the
most important document ever published in the defense of ME/CFS
Click here for
the Canadian ME/CFS Criteria (2003)...
2) Free Sleepydust Educational Video About ME/CFS - Please help to educate people about this illness by letting as many people as you know about the video. Together we can make a difference.
Click here for the FREE ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome video...
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