Finding A Doctor

The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) estimates that only about 20% of chronic fatigue syndrome patients have been diagnosed and while many physicians now know about chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) many don’t know specifically how to diagnose it.

Finding a Knowledgeable Doctor. Because doctor’s knowledgeable in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are still rare it’s important that people who believe they may have this disease find one. Some patients spend exorbitant amounts of money being sent from specialist to specialist before they are finally diagnosed. While a diagnosis can be somewhat complicated the CDC believes this kind of long drawn out process is unnecessary:

“CFS can be diagnosed in a primary care setting. Referring patients to various specialists just to confirm a CFS diagnosis is costly and unnecessary”

Peter Rowe, M.D. Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Fortunately, chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) physicians report that once one becomes familiar with the disease it’s easy to recognize; no other disorder presents such a dramatic combination of physical and mental fatigue, sleep and concentration problems, etc..

Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) physicians can often be found by contacting a local support group for information. The CFIDS Association of America provides a lists of CFS support groups on its website and the Phoenix Rising Forums are a good sources of information. Check out a list of well-known ME/CFS doctors on our website. C0-cure has the largest (sporadically updated) list of patient recommended doctors on the internet.

The Fibro-Fatigue Centers - Modeled on Dr. Holtorf’s protocol the Fibro-Fatigue Centers were created by a business who recovered under Dr. Holtorf’s care. Dr. Teitelbaum, a well-known physician and author became their national medical director in 2006.

Holistic Health Physicians – An increasing number of M.D.’s utilize both traditional and alternative therapies. Every major city and many smaller ones contain ‘holistic’ health oriented M.D.’s who are well acquainted with ME/CFS. The American Board of Holistic Medicine may be able to help you find one in your area.

Dr. Teitelbaum’s Computerized Personal Treatment Program – For a modest fee you can create your own personalized treatment program based on Dr. Teitelbaum’s protocols. Two programs are possible; a more expensive long form you can use to educate your physician about your case and a less expensive shorter form for your use.

You simply fill in medical history and symptom forms and lab test information and the computer does the rest. You will be provided with a list of probable factors that may contribute to your illness and a list of natural and prescription remedies that may be helpful.

Finding A Physician / Before The Visit / Assessing Your Physician / Educating Your Physician / Treatment Intro

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angieishere44 February 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

I just came from the CFIDS Website and there is NOT 1 link for Dr.’s, resource list, nothing about Dr.’s who treat this disease at all!

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tony earnst March 20, 2014 at 6:12 am

Over the last 4 years, i have written the CEO about 4 times expressing the great need for a list. I have NEVER received a response from them. It is a JOKE and i have quit giving to them.

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angieishere44 February 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

If I could afford a private hospital, which is the Fibro and Fatigue Center is, I wouldn’t need an online forum because my over-priced Scottsdale dr. would have recommended them already.

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Bev April 11, 2013 at 12:36 am

9years my daughter has been ill with M.E. there’s just no help, no specialist to see in the UK at all. Does anyone know of any one who can help her……..

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