Hi, I've just joined.
My question as above is: what tests are necessary to rule out similar conditions to get a firm diagnosis of ME?
My background is that I had a sort-of diagnosis of ME about 30 years ago from my then private osteopath. Medical NHS doctors had refused to diagnose anything except "stress" despite me being terribly ill. There was no internet then with all the info and support groups so I struggled on, initially with family support (although they believed the doctors) and complementary therapies.
I'd been self managing for years with slow overall improvement, but lots of ups and downs, until about 10 years ago when health issues escalated once again and I was forced to seek medical help.
The problem I had going back into the medical system was that I had never had a formal diagnosis, so every time I saw a GP I had to try and go through my lengthy medical history again (in ten minutes) and was met with varying degrees of disbelief.
My current GPs are better, and accept that I 'probably' have ME, but when I asked for a proper diagnosis they said I was 'asking too much.'
So - can anyone point me towards this information? - TIA.