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What’s the point?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by JBoneske, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. JBoneske

    JBoneske

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    After seeing 2 endos and coming up with nothing, I’ve been seeing a neurologist now. Had brain MRI, probably looking for lesions. Apparently nothing. Had EMG for whatever reason. Nothing.
    Today did EEG. Why? Other than looking for possible MS with MRI, what’s the purpose for these other tests. I have symptoms of CFS and and feel like I’m wasting time sometimes with these tests that aren’t doing to find my cause of symptoms.
    Any ideas? I’ve got Lymes, hypothyroidism, mononucleosis, sleep, diabetes, cancer ruled out. What’s left?
    Thanks.
     
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  2. RebeccaRe

    RebeccaRe Moose Enthusiast

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    I've struggled with this question as well. Over the years I go through phases where I feel like I want to have tests done because I hope that I'll learn something new and find answers. Then I get discouraged because I never seem to learn anything useful, so I stop for a while. I see the doctor for my physical and when I'm sick or hurt, but that's it.

    Honestly, I think taking a break from testing can be helpful emotionally as long as your health is stable and there are no big scary things that need to be ruled out. Sometimes doctors just keep testing testing testing because they feel like doing something is better than doing nothing, and they're afraid to say "I don't know."
     
  3. YostFMX

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    I posted the same title "whats the point" haha so i know how you feel.
     
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    taniaaust1 Senior Member

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    They are handy. They have helped rule out things and in fact can be more handy that you seem to be currently aware of. I used my tests to help vertify to myself that I do have ME and not be just one of those people thrown into the ME/CFS waste basket who will end up finding that they had a wrong diagnoses given.

    eg there are certainly abnormalities which can appear on these tests in ME. I have ME abnormalities showing up in quite a few of my test results including on my brain EEGs, 24hr urine cortisol results etc etc. (I think I have about 4-5 ME abnormalities on test results). As these are noted in medical results often as "non specific" abnormalities, they often are not mentioned but if you get copies of your test results you may find out you had these and then compare against what is often found in ME people.

    ME can sometimes show up on MRIs too if the doctors know what they are looking for, the lesions are much smaller then in MS and may come and go.

    Ask for a copy of all your medical tests .... for for abnormalities commonly found in ME.. there is a page of the canadian consensus ME/CFS document which lists some of these. (I cant remember but possibly the International concensus criteria for ME may also mention these)
     
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    maybe some day Senior Member

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    You get to a stage where you put your hands in the air and say "screw it". Took me about 10 months to accept they didnt find anything.
     
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  6. JBoneske

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    Ok. I see what your saying. That does help.
    I’ll have to see if I can get results and maybe MRI copy if I can. Could be interesting.
    If you don’t mind, what did you discover from EEG and some of these Cotisol high or low?
     
  7. JBoneske

    JBoneske

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    Lol. Sorry. I shoulda thought about that.
     
  8. JES

    JES Senior Member

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    CFS is a diagnosis by exclusion, so unfortunately they only way to be close to 100% sure that you have CFS is to rule everything else out. So yeah, that would be the only point of doing these tests and in that sense it's not a waste of time.
     
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  9. JBoneske

    JBoneske

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    Right.
    Can’t think of anything else to rule out now.
    Be interesting to see people’s lists of what they all had ruled out before finally getting diagnosis of CFS.
     

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