Fast Five Quiz: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


January 01, 2022

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), patients with ME/CFS often have comorbid conditions associated with symptoms that may overlap or worsen those related to ME/CFS. Common comorbidities include:

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Allergies and chemical sensitivities

In addition, identifying and excluding differential diagnoses for ME/CFS is important. Although not a complete list, some of these include:

  • Adrenal Insufficiency

  • Anemia

  • Celiac disease

  • Depression

  • Fibromyalgia

  • HIV infection and AIDS

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Lyme disease

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Obstructive sleep apnea

  • Orthostatic Hypotension

  • Polymyalgia rheumatica

  • Postural tachycardia syndrome

  • Restless Legs Syndrome

Read more about the differential diagnoses of ME/CFS.