Do I Have ME/CFS?

Almost everyone experiences fatigue from time to time, but for at least one million U.S. adults, teens and children, the fatigue is crushing, unrelieved by rest and accompanied by a constellation of other punishing symptoms. They suffer from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) also called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). ME/CFS is a debilitating and real medical condition that has a serious impact on a person’s quality of life. Early diagnosis of ME/CFS is important.

If this sounds like you and you’ve been searching for answers, this “Do I Have ME/CFS“ quiz can help you determine if you have symptoms characteristic of ME/CFS. It’s important to remember that this is just a screening quiz and does not substitute for a clinical examination by a health care provider. The only way ME/CFS can be diagnosed is with an extensive health history, a thorough physical examination, exclusion of other possible sources of symptoms and consideration of all the symptoms you are experiencing.

This quiz was designed to assess how well your symptoms fit with the hallmark symptoms of ME/CFS and give you some more information to discuss with your doctor. It should not discourage you from seeking medical attention for diagnosis and care. If you have already been diagnosed by a health care professional it should not substitute for that assessment.

Do I have ME/CFS?

Some conditions commonly occur along with ME/CFS. These include:

•Allergies

•Fibromyalgia (FM)

•Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

•Multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS)

Have you been diagnosed with any of the above conditions?

Many other illnesses have symptoms that mimic ME/CFS symptoms. History, physical examination and medical testing is required to determine if you have an active disease that could explain your symptoms. The following lists some of the more common conditions and diseases that mimic ME/CFS:

•Anemias

•Autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus

•Cardiac disease

•Endocrine disorders such as diabetes, Addison’s disease, thyroid disease, menopause

•Infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, chronic hepatitis, Lyme disease

•Intestinal diseases such as celiac or Crohn’s disease

•Malignancies

•Neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, myasthenia gravis

•Primary psychiatric disorders and substance abuse (but not clinical depression)

•Significant pulmonary disease

•Primary sleep disorders such as sleep apnea

Have you been diagnosed with any of the above conditions or diseases?

Severe, debilitating fatigue along with other symptoms must be present for at least six months in adults or three months in children.

Have you experienced at least 6 months of severe physical or mental fatigue that you cannot explain, is not a result of ongoing exertion, is not relieved by rest and substantially reduces your activity levels?

Did your symptoms begin suddenly or occur gradually over time?

In addition to severe fatigue and post-exertion malaise, ME/CFS patients experience other symptoms. These symptoms may vary from day to day or during the day.

Have you experienced any of the following symptoms during the past 6 months? (check all that apply)

Post-exertional malaise is a hallmark of ME/CFS. Mild exertion or even normal activity results in loss of physical and mental stamina and worsening of other symptoms. Post-exertional malaise can occur immediately or be delayed for 24 hours or more after exertion.

Do you experience post-exertional malaise after physical or mental exertion or normal daily activities?

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Disclaimer:
The Solve ME/CFS Initiative, Inc. does not dispense medical advice on the diagnosis or treatment of ME/CFS or similar conditions. This questionnaire is provided only as a source of information to site visitors about the symptom patterns and exclusions that can lead a health care provider to make a diagnosis of ME/CFS. The Solve ME/CFS Initiative assumes no liability for any medical treatment or other activity undertaken by readers. For medical advice, please consult your personal health care provider.