Misdiagnosis of ME – July

An evaluation (White et al, 2012, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine short reports) of referrals made by GPs to the specialist clinic at Bart’s Hospital found that 49% did not have a diagnosis of ME/CFS.

A study (Newton et al, 2010, Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh) of patients referred by GPs to the Newcastle NHS ME/CFS Service found that 40% were diagnosed with conditions other than ME/CFS of these:

  • 47% were found to have fatigue associated with a chronic disease, including metabolic syndrome, neurological disorder, connective tissue disorder/ autoimmune disease and fibromyalgia
  • 20% had a primary sleep disorder
  • 15% had a psychological/psychiatric illnesses, most commonly depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • 13% of patients had fatigue for which the cause remained unexplained
  • 4% had cardiovascular disorders