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.
- Finding a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Doctor
- Preparation: Getting Ready For the Visit
- Dr. Berne’s symptom checklist
- Assessing Your Practitioner
- Educating Your Doctor