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Do I—or Does My Child--Have CFS?

The diagnosis of CFS is based upon having four or more of the following symptoms in addition to the first one (which is required for the diagnosis), and having no other medical problems to explain these symptoms. There is no “test” for CFS. You may be at increased risk if an immediate family member has had CFS or fibromyalgia, but 80% of people with CFS have no known family history.

Take Dr. Donnica's Decisionnaire ™. Check off all the points that apply to you and take this list with you when you consult your physician.

___  I have had new, unexplained, persistent, or relapsing physical and mental fatigue for at least six months (If under 18, make this three months).
___  My fatigue is not the result of ongoing exertion.
___  My fatigue is not relieved by appropriate rest.
___  I have at least four of the following symptoms:
___  Weakness and exhaustion, lasting more than 24 hours, following mental or physical activity (“post exertional malaise”)
___  Unrefreshing sleep, insomnia, day/night reversals, or excessive daytime sleepiness
___  Substantial impairment of short-term memory or concentration, “brain fog”, problems with my short-term memory, confusion, disorientation, difficulty finding the right words or numbers, difficulty concentrating
___  Widespread or migratory muscle pain
___  Pain in the joints, without swelling or redness
___  Headaches of a new type, pattern or severity
___  Tender armpit and/or neck lymph nodes
___  Persistent or frequent sore throat
___  In addition, I have the following symptoms which may be CFS related:
___  I have unexplained abdominal or chest pain
___  I have difficulty concentrating,
___  I have problems maintaining my balance
___  I have hypersensitivity to light (photophobia) or noise
___  I have hypersensitivity to emotional overload
___  I have dizziness, palpitations, urinary frequency, or shortness of breath
___  I have been told by a doctor that I have orthostatic intolerance, neurally mediated hypotension, or postural orthostatic tachycardia
___  I have irritable bowel syndrome
___  I have low body temperature, intolerance to heat or cold, often feel feverish, often feel like I have chills, inappropriate sweating, abnormal appetite
___  I have new sensitivities to foods, medications or chemicals

For more information about CFS, click here or go to www.cfids.org or www.njcfsa.org.

Created: 11/5/2008  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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