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Old 03-25-2007, 12:23 PM   #1
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Will bloodwork show CFS?

Except for consistent fevers,I have had all the symptoms of chronic fatigue for almost 20 years, and I had to stop working full time about 14 years ago. I've never been diagnosed with CFS. Many blood tests have been done for various other problems, but because I was diagnosed with hypo-thyroid years ago, I have just assumed that the exhaustion fatigue was due to my thyroid. According to the blood work, my synthroid keeps my thyroid level ok.

Is there a specific test to detect CFS? I would love to be able to have a full time salary again. My fatigue used to lead up to seizures, but my neurologist said there was no connection. I haven't had seizures in five years, but the fatigue still hits when I try to go full force at anything for more than a few days. (14 years ago I could last for about 3 weeks.) I saw on this board that some of you are hit with spells of fatigue. Are all of you limited in what you can do, and how long you can do it? I have a granddaughter (2 1/2), but I can't keep her for more than 2 or 3 days without almost getting incoherent. I used to teach school, but now I can handle a substitute job for no more than 3 days at a time.

I take vitamins, and try to eat well. I even started taking sleeping pills last year to prevent insomnia from getting too bad. I hate being so limited. What type of dr. should I see? Do all drs. have knowledge of chronic fatigue?

I could sure use some input from some of you who know you have CFS. I really need an uplift, and some possible directions.


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Old 03-25-2007, 12:54 PM   #2
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Hello Trish, I am sorry to hear the problems you have been experiencing. I did see that you mentioned you wanted to hear from people who are actually diagnoised with CFS, unfortunatly I am in a similar situation as that of yourself, I am in the process of being diagnosed. I'm sure you can relate to the annoying feeling of not knowing!
You mentioned about CFS and bloodwork. There is no specific test that can tell for sure that you have CFS. Basically the doctors take a look at your health situation and have to look into many areas which they think could also be the cause for the way you are feeling. For example tests are carried out for thyroid problems, kidney function, liver function etc.
In my particular situation the Epstein-Barr virus (Glandular Fever) was found in my blood, it is thought that in some cases a viral infection such as that is what can lead to CFS.
Once the routine blood tests are carried out Doctors may then want to look into other areas of the body and carry out scans, x-rays etc.
CFS is an illness that is diagnosed after a elimination process. Only when all other possibilitys are ruled out can a diagnosis be made.
I am from England so I am not familiar with the American health service. I attend regular consultations with my GP at the moment as I am going through the final steps of the elimination process. Once everything else is all clear I shall then be transferred over to a specialist consultant who deals with people who suffer from CFS.
I can sympathies with your situation. I hope this reply has been of some help! Keep in touch, Good luck with your findings!


Old 05-30-2007, 07:37 PM   #3
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Re: Will bloodwork show CFS?

Same process here too, if you meet the criteria for CFS and they eliminate everything else than you have CFS, unfortunately it may take a couple doctors before someone will give you that diagnosis.
Good Luck

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