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Ask the Doctor: How do I know that I really have chronic fatigue syndrome?
Dr. Lucinda Bateman is a specialist in ME/CFS. Since opening her Fatigue Consultation Clinic in 2000, she has treated over 1000 patients.

Ask the Doctor: How do I know that I really have chronic fatigue syndrome?


Answered by Lucinda Bateman, MD

Q: How do I know that I really have chronic fatigue syndrome and that we’re not missing a deeper cause?
 
A: This is always an important question.  When a new patient comes to my clinic we do our best to look for a “deeper cause” as well as conditions that may have overlapping symptoms, and treat them adequately. Then, when satisfied we have the done the most reasonable assessment possible at that point in time, we enter a management mode for 6-12 months in which we try to minimize disabling symptoms. 

But it is always important to re-investigate new or changing symptoms, and I always appreciate input or a “fresh look” from another specialist periodically. Many illnesses evolve slowly [multiple sclerosis or myelodysplastic syndromes, for example] or only periodically exhibit symptoms, so they may not be evident upon initial workup. I like the combination of an attentive primary care provider and an ME/CFS specialist, both thinking diagnostically and comparing notes over time.



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