The diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not arrived at easily. Other illnesses must first be ruled out, such as Lyme disease, lupus, rheumatioid arthritis, hepatitis, cytomegalovirus, asthma, multiple sclerosis, anemia, immunodeficiencies, mononucleosis, AIDS/ARC, Sjögrens syndrome, myasthenia gravis, giardiasis, brucellosis, toxoplasmosis, hemochromatosis.
CFS is NOT a serological diagnosis at this time; there is no blood test that absolutely proves you have it. The diagnosis is based on observation of a pattern of clinical symptoms after other causes have been rule
d out. CFS must never be self-diagnosed, as there are so many conditions that can cause these symptoms.
Only physicians experienced with CFS and capable of interpreting tests for the illnesses mentioned above should be relied on to make this diagnosis. These are usually immunologists, infectious disease specialists, rheumatologists, or hematologists.
The New Jersey CFS Association assists with physician referrals by maintaining a list of specialists who are familiar with this illness, but we make no guarantees of suitability and accept no responsibility for this service.