Some other medical conditions have symptoms like CFS.
If you think you might have CFS, then it is important that you have a proper medical diagnosis. This is because you might really have a different condition that can be treated effectively.
Even if you know that you have CFS, it is important to have a medical diagnosis of all your symptoms. It is especially important if you have new symptoms. This is because you might have another condition as well as CFS, and the other condition might have an effective treatment.
It is for your doctor to decide which other conditions might account for your symptoms. The list of conditions that have symptoms like CFS is very long. It includes:
- Hormone imbalances
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Blood disorders
- Immune system disorders
- Nervous sytem disorders
- Mood disorders
CBT treatment can be helpful even before you have a full medical diagnosis. If you have specific psychological symptoms like depression, anxiety or confusion, then CBT can help you to cope with them. CBT can also help you to come to terms with your illness, and to manage your own treatment. For more information about how CBT can help, see: How can CBT help?