ME is not a hereditary condition, and many patients do not develop symptoms for it. It is thought that about one million people in the US suffer from it. While women are more likely to develop ME than men, the disease can affect people of any age or race. Even children as young as ten years old can suffer from ME. The disease is difficult to diagnose because most medical providers do not recognize it. In addition, there are no reliable diagnostic tests for ME.
Because the disorder is relapsing-remitting, the symptoms and severity of ME patients vary. The hallmark of ME is post-exertional malaise, which reduces a person’s capacity to function and worsens symptoms. The symptoms and severity vary widely, and treatment is highly individualized. This is why doctors are sometimes hesitant to diagnose ME, but it is important to get a diagnosis from a doctor.
Although a diagnosis of ME requires a clinical exam, the underlying cause is often unidentified. Some psychiatrists view the condition as a symptom of a larger disorder and suggest that it is a result of psychological distress. Hence, the common symptoms do not necessarily suggest a shared pathogenesis. This leads to selection bias and misclassification in ME research. However, Dr. Shepherd summarizes the most significant research and clinical evidence that support a neurological diagnosis for ME.
Although there is no clear diagnosis for ME, the disease can be diagnosed through a number of ways. In some countries, the diagnosis of ME is based on biological abnormalities and the patient’s medical history. In the United States, the diagnosis is based on several criteria developed by specialist physicians. The disease has remained poorly recognized and poorly understood for many years, largely due to a lack of awareness about it. Furthermore, it is difficult to find a treatment that will work for a patient.
Despite the lack of a definitive cause for ME, there is still no cure for the condition. The symptoms of ME may be mild or severe, and the outcome can be very unpredictable. Until a definitive cause is found, there is no definitive treatment for ME. In fact, most patients will have a long life with this condition. The disease is not curable, but it does affect the quality of one’s life. If diagnosed, it can be treated.
As with any disease, ME is not a specific cause of death. It is an ongoing process and is unpredictable. It is usually diagnosed through a combination of symptoms that vary in severity. It can also be triggered by an external factor, such as stress, which can cause further complications. Moreover, doctors can only determine the exact cause of the disease through testing. They will not be able to give a diagnosis for a patient with ME until they have identified the underlying cause of the condition.