New US Clinical Guidelines for Diagnosing and Treating Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

me/cfs help Sep 15, 2019

New clinical guidelines released in August 2019 are written by a group of prominent clinicians including Dr. Alison Bested who is now an honorary American working in Fort Lauderdale. The document is short – only 6 pages long – simple and to the point. It is intended for busy clinicians. The guidelines use the name ME/CFS and the SEID (Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease) criteria.

Topics included in the new ME/CFS guidelines include

  • Diagnosing and recognizing ME/CFS
  • Identifying the hallmark post-exertional malaise (PEM) including 4 questions doctors can ask patients to see if they have PEM
  • Differential diagnosis (ruling out other conditions)
  • Common comorbidities (conditions that often occur in people with ME/CFS) and
  • Treatment

Author: Eleanor (Ellie) Stein MD FRCP(C)

I am a psychiatrist with a small private practice in Calgary and am an assistant clinical professor in the faculty of medicine at the University of Calgary. Since 2000, I have worked with over 1000 patients, all with ME/CFS, FM and ES. My passion for this field comes from my own struggle with these diseases, my desire to improve my health and then pass on what I learn. My goal is for every patient in Canada to have access to respectful, effective health care within the publicly funded system. If you are looking for help and resources to help combat ME/CFS, FM and ES, see my guides and webinars.