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Talking to Your Doctor About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and ask questions you may have forgotten.
- Write your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are told. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions and get as much information as you need. You have a right to know.
- What could be causing my symptoms?
- What tests should I get?
- What can I expect during the course of this illness?
- Have you treated other people with chronic fatigue syndrome? If not, can you refer me to a doctor who does?
- Is there any genetic influence that I need to know about?
- What treatments are available for CFS?
- Are there medicines I can take? What benefits and side effects can I expect from them?
- Are there alternative or complementary therapies that could help me?
- Are there any counselors who treat people with CFS or similar chronic illnesses?
- Do you know of any support groups for people with CFS?
What changes can I make to reduce my symptoms and enhance my recovery?
- Dietary changes
- Stress management
- Work and school
- Daily activities
- Sleep and rest
- What are my chances for recovery from CFS?
- How long can I expect to have CFS?
- Reviewer: James P. Cornell, MD
- Review Date: 05/2017
- Update Date: 12/20/2014