Our expert says:
Unfortunately many doctors don't understand the physiology of ME yet - it is only lately been properly documented in medical journals and has only been recognized as a "disease" entity in the past few years. So "older" qualified doctors may think that it is just a kind of depression. Actually a very low % of people really have ME ( about 2% of all chronic tired patients) and a lot of times the chronic tiredness can be caused by all sorts of other physical diseases like infections, hormonal factors, some psychiatric diseases and sleep disturbances. Many patients are misdiagnosed as having ME because the doctor was too lazy or too uninformed or too pressed for time to do a proper examination and exlusion of all the relevant diseases. If an endocrine specialist diagnosed you, I suppose he did exclude all other possible causes. ME is a diagnosis of exclusion - in other words you will look for certain diseases and if you find nothing, but the patient has a certain set of symptoms, it could be ME. Some GP's will be more sympathetic than others - I think you should try and get a copy of your specialist report to keep with you and show the GP you visit.
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