Our expert says:
Cassandra, most experts these days say that “Yuppie Flu” doesn’t exist. They feel that in 99% of people with chronic fatigue, a cause other than “Yuppie Flu” can be found or that no reasons to believe that it is “Yuppie Flu” can be found. It is now recommended that a whole battery of tests be done. These tests include a full blood count, Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate, ALT, total protein, albumin, alkaline phosphatase, calcium, phosphate, glucose, blood urea nitrogen, electrolytes, thyroid stimulating hormone and a urinalysis. If all these tests come up negative, the diagnosis is made and reviewed every 6 months. The bad news is that no treatment has been proven to be 100% effective, but the good news is that full recovery is eventually possible in almost all cases.
At this stage the topic of discussion is not what treatments should be used, but whether this diagnosis isn’t used as a “waste basket” diagnosis and that a lot of people are diagnosed with it due to a lack of insight/knowledge on the doctor’s part. Nobody doubts that some people suffer from fatigue after a viral infection; it’s just that the incidence seems to be much lower than what was originally thought. When it comes to suffering from this problem for longer than 6 months, the incidence is even lower. We then call it chronic fatigue syndrome, as it is more often something else than post viral.
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