So far there is no special test available that can prove you have M.E. Instead your doctor will need to do several things before reaching a diagnosis.
He or she will probably:
- Ask you about your recent medical history
- Ask about your symptoms and how they affect your daily life
- Carry out urine and blood tests to rule out other illnesses, which have symptoms similar to M.E.
If your tests are normal it doesn't mean there's nothing wrong or that you're faking the illness.
Your GP may ask another doctor to see you to help them reach or confirm a diagnosis.
All this can take some weeks to happen and you may have to visit your GP several times.
It can be worrying to go through tests and be asked so many questions. It can also be scary to feel so ill and not know why. When your doctor can confirm what's wrong it can sometimes be a real relief - to finally have a name for your illness. It can also help to know other illnesses have been ruled out.
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