How to get a diagnosis?

Firstly, if you think your symptoms might be ME:

  • make an appointment with your GP.  
  • your GP will take a full medical history and may carry out a physical examination.
  •  blood tests, urine tests and scans to rule out other conditions, such as anaemia (lack of red blood cells), an underactive thyroid gland or liver and kidney problems may be done.


In the UK, the Department of Health, now accepts that ME/CFS is a genuine medical condition. Diagnosis can prove problematic due to the fact that ME/CFS symptoms are similar to those present in a number of other medical conditions. Unfortunately there are no examination findings that can confirm the diagnosis. Diagnosis is made by a process of excluding other conditions before a diagnosis of ME/CFS can be made.

The diagnosing of ME/CFS?

Your GP should follow the NICE guidelines for diagnosing MECFS:


Guidelines released in 2007 from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) state that doctors should consider diagnosing CFS if a person has fatigue and all of the following apply:


  • it is new or had a clear starting point (it has not been a lifelong problem)
  • it is persistent and/or recurrent
  • it is unexplained by other conditions
  • it substantially reduces the amount of activity someone can do
  • it feels worse after physical activity


The person should also have one or more of these symptoms:


  • difficulty sleeping, or insomnia
  • muscle or joint pain without inflammation
  • headaches
  • painful lymph nodes that are not enlarged
  • sore throat
  • poor mental function, such as difficulty thinking
  • symptoms getting worse after physical or mental exertion
  • feeling unwell or having flu-like symptoms
  • dizziness or nausea
  • heart palpitations, without heart disease


Who can get it?

It is estimated that around half a million people in the UK have ME/CFS.


Anyone can get ME/CFS, but it is more common in women than in men and usually develops in the early 20s to mid-40s. Young people can also be affected, usually between the ages of 13 and 15.


The illness can also run in families as previously said.



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