Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Diagnosis, Treatment & Prognosis




by Louise Sargent in ME Support.



There is no test or cure for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) but there are guidelines to help doctors diagnose and treat it. It can take a long time for the condition to be diagnosed, as other conditions that cause similar symptoms need to be ruled out first. Therefore, you may be given some advice about managing your symptoms before a diagnosis is confirmed. Patients looking for medical services outside the UK should contact national M.E. Organisations for details.

Within the National Health Service (NHS) it is commonly called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS or CFS/M.E.). Sometimes it is known as Myalgic Encephalopathy, or diagnosed as Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E./CFS) is officially recognised as a neurological disorder by the World Health Organisation, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health. It has been called “The Disease of a Thousand Names”, with many controversies surrounding them, as described in A Short History of M.E.


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