We welcome all communication from colleagues, whether private or NHS whom require advice or further information regarding CFS/ME.
To reach a diagnose of CFS/ME is often a frustrating and worrying process for the patient and professional as it is a process of elimination. When reaching a diagnosis of CFS/ME all red flags should have been investigated, in particular these symptoms specified in the grey box.
The treatment and therapy that the North West Fatigue Clinic provides is that recommended by NICE guidance, (guidance 53, August 2007).The North West Fatigue Clinic does not diagnose but can confirm whether the clinical features are representative of a diagnosis of CFS/ME and no other diagnosis or co-morbidities. Advice on how to obtain a definite diagnosis can be provided upon request.
North West Fatigue Clinic provides therapy intervention to patients with CFS/ME plus treating fatigue, if a symptom of another medical condition. We will treat patients who have mild, moderate and severe CFS/ME. We offer an individualised, person centred programme that aims to gradually increase the person’s physical, emotional and cognitive capacity. We aim to manage their symptoms and promote recovery through using a cognitive behavioural therapy approach (CBT), graded exercise therapy (GET), activity management and talking therapy. The programme correlates with the NICE guidance pathway published in March 2014.
Have you considered the following before diagnosing CFS/ME
- Localising/ focal neurological signs
- Signs and symptoms of inflammatory arthritis or connective tissue disease
- Signs and symptoms of cardiorespiratory disease
- Significant weight loss
- Sleep apnoea
- Clinically significant lymphadenopathy