I have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia. Seek doctor with extensive interest, knowledge and experience. Thanks?

Many issues. Based on what you wrote it is likely you will need more than one specialist. Start with your own doctor who will review your medical history, examine you, order labs, and then make future management decisions including referral.

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Are doctors in the us allowed to formally diagnose someone with myalgic encephalomyelitis, or do they have to use the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome?

Yes. While most mds use the diagnosis "chronic fatigue syndrome, " there are many authorities who feel that myalgic enchephlomyelitis is a more accurate term for many of those with chronic fatigue. Doctors are totally allowed to use that diagnosis for those who qualify- the icd-9 code is 323.9. See http://www.Name-us.Org/defintionspages/definitionsarticles/2011%20consensus%20criteria.Pdf. Read more...
Diagnostic criteria. The term cfs is more commonin the us. As far as i know there may be no icd9 code for myalgic encephalitis but most physicans use the term cfs and no me. There are many aspects of cfs and all are not known. The term me was developed ex-us. Concerns are encephalitis is an inflmmatory condition of the CNS and no inflammation has been found in the brain.More research may clarify these issues. Read more...

Diagnosed by specialist in hong kong with chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia. Looking for doctor to prescribe marinol or cesamet. Many thanks!

Internal Medicine. This diagnosis requires a thorough medical evaluation. If you are now back in the states call your local county medical society for an internal medicine referral. If you are out of the country-call the embassy. Read more...

What do you suggest if I have chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia but I want to train to be a doctor?

If you arePhysically. able to, why not? Use your personal situation to help others. The best thing we can do w/suffering, in my opinion, is use it to help others. Peace and good health. A natural supplement called Dipsacus can be used to kill the spirochete. Don't know about the research on it however. Read more...
Setting goals. An important aspect for managing CFS and FM while training to be a doctor, includes setting reasonable goals and making a positive effort to achieve them. Having a good friend as a coach, goes a long way to help you achieve these goals. Read more...

Apparently Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is now also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis. Does this mean everyone who fits the CFS criteria has brain inflammation? I'm terribly confused about that name.

No inflammation. Otherwise we could treat CFS with aspirin or steroids. Doesn't work. Treatments include getting enough rest, exercise in small and consistent doses and lots of support. Best wishes. Read more...
It's only a name. It certainly can be confusing. But I don't think the suggested new name reflects any evidence of active brain inflammation. Here are some good articles on the change: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-iom-report http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/10/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-gets-a-new-name/ Read more...
Adds confusion... ...To an already confused situation, from whether this is a specific entity, to "true" diagnostic criteria, to therapeutic approaches. Suffice to say that more research and responsible data collection is needed, rather than creating confusion for patients and providers alike. Read more...

Could someone please recommend antioxidant supplements for fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome?

Fibromyalgia. Good sources of Antioxidants are all berries, and vegetables. There is no clinical research documenting effectiveness of Antioxidants for Fibromyalgia. Let Wise Woman within you Reflect: • Diagnosis of Anxiety, Depression or Fibromyalgia; • Severity of fatigue or other symptoms • Balanced DietExercise • Breathing and Music Relaxation • Visual Imagery • Therapy for stresses in life. Read more...

Is there any link between thyroidism and fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome?

NO LINK. By 'thyroidism', do you mean 'hypo' or underactive thyroid? If so, a common cause is hashimotos thyroiditis. This is a condition where your body makes antibodies (to +tpo) to your own thyroid--essentially 'knocking it out'. Fibromyalgia has no 'autoimmune' basis as far as scientist know. Chronic fatigue syndome may be caused by an virus (ebv) but that is in debate. Read more...
Maybe. The last two are not diseases! fibromyalgia is diagnosed by having tender points on certain parts of your body. Cfs is still unclear, patient complains of chronic fatigue and a bunch of other symptoms and we can now name it cfs. They're both disorders with multi-variable symptoms. Due to the fact they're not diseases, simply a bunch of symptoms therefore no direct link can be made. Read more...
Interesting question. Hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome all share similar symptoms, such as fatigue, depression and muscle pain. I would say many patients with uncontrolled hypothyroidism could have the same symptoms as patients with fibromyalgia and cfs. They could coexist. But most patients with fibromyalgia and cfs don't have hypothyroidism. Read more...
No. Agree. Hypothyroidism can co-exist with cfs or fibromyalgia but there is no link between them. Always rule out hypothyroidism first before considering the other two diagnoses. Read more...
Possibly. Fibromyalgia is a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. These factors impact your immune system and can lead to pain and inflammation and decreased ability to create atp causing fatigue. Read more...
Thyroid. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. 6 times more in females than males. It's autoimmune , like rheumatoid arthritis. Etc. The antibodies that attack the thyroid can be stimulated by many factors: chemicals, radiation, hormones- especially in women around menarche, pregnancy and menopause. Fibromyalgia is more common in women, possibly autoimmune. Be sure of dx. Read more...
Perhaps. For all we do know, i think in some ways we are still in the dark ages of medicine.. There is still so much we don't know and that we have yet to find out. I personally think there is a link. Genetic predisposition, environmental toxicity, etc all combine to cause ill health. I think the same things that cause fibro can also cause thyroid problems. Read more...

What causes your fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome? Are the two very related or not?

Chronic fatigue . There is a lot of overlap in symptoms but there is no definitive test for either. Read more...
Separate. ? re: similarity chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) & fibromyalgia (FM). CFS is attendant with several different diseases & disorders. FM causes CFS; a sentinel symptom. Chronic fatigue is common consequence of common occurrence of non-restorative sleep, which might reflect chronic pain, chronic psychological stressors, noisy environments etc. Gov. agencies on quest for THE elusive virus; good luck! Read more...