The Doctor Visit!

The visit to a doctor is one of the more problematic areas of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). It’s often a time of high drama; your health has fallen apart and you want answers. Many physicians, on the other hand – hit with a barrage of symptoms they don’t understand – simply don’t have any answers. Often either they don’t a lot about what chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) or what they know is wrong. At this point frustrated and scared chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) patient meets frustrated and confused physician. The stage is set for problems.

In the pages below I explore ways to make this relationship as empowering as possible; they include tips on how to find a knowledgeable physician, recognizing one when you have one and how to make your visit easier on you and on her/him.

 

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lynette July 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm

My name is Lynette,I’m 45yrs old with 2 children(8yrs and 13yrs). I’ve had symptoms starting at the age of about 14yrs. I’ve had multiple symptoms and diagnosis over the last 30 plus yrs. I’ve had so many unanswered questions,abnormal lab findings with no explanation,unusual symptoms,and so much more. I see myself going in a downward spiral slowly,but surely. I have always remained hopeful and will continue to do so until I find an explanation along with treatment. I have finally become brave enough to contact an MD regarding my issues. I’ve been hesitant for so long due to the way I see Dr.s treat pts. with issues like mine. I’m afraid that they’ll say I’m imaging this,seeking attention,or a hypochondriac,etc. I’m going to Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Tues. July,30. I have no idea of what to expect or what I’m allowed to ask for,such as particular testing. Could you please help me with my situation? I thank you for your time.

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Dee November 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm

hi lynette, i was your age when i came down with it OVERNIGHT! anyways, see a dr. that looks into viruses and bacterias in your body. most drs. DON’T do this but a good CFIDS dr. will. look into Dr. A. Martin Lerners site and you may find helpful info there as he’s had a case of this HORRIBLE illness in the 80′s and got himself better from it. i thought it was something like CFStreatmentcenter.com BUT not sure. let me know if you find him, ok? God bless as you go through this ailment! DIB

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