Does this sound familiar?


 

"I feel terrible by my Primary Care Physician says that all my tests are normal."

Could if be that your doctor isn't ordering the right tests?


This collection was derived from my clinical observations and personal experience of incomplete or poorly interpreted test results. Included are tests that should be ordered to rule out a true diagnosis of CFS or those that may uncover coexistent problems that worsen the CFS-state. Tests with questionable clinical value are also addressed. Here, the potential drawbacks of certain tests are considered in the context of the current research. Finally, the usefulness of personalized, patient-centered testing is summarized under a unique functional medicine model. We will examine unconventional means of testing with the hope that these procedures will become the norm in CFS assessment and management.
 
 
When assessing a complex illness like CFS, laboratory evaluations may be informative but are seldom definitive. Because of this, qualitative testing should be used to identify the nature of the illness, other potential concomitant illnesses, and to quantify the severity of the condition.
 
 
Excessive lab testing is one of the leading expenses in healthcare for CFS despite the lack of a definitive diagnostic marker. Our doctors want just as badly to find the missing puzzle piece that explains our symptoms—no matter how elusive. Unfortunately this leads to unnecessary and redundant testing.
 
 

In this guide you get:

Easy to understand test explanations

30-pages of useful tests

Quick reference tables

How to find a lab

Glossary of key terms

Footnoted references to further reading for you or your doctor