ME/CFS frequently appears with other medical conditions, the most common being:
- Fibromyalgia (FM), a name given to a group of symptoms marked by generalised pain and muscle stiffness felt in any area of the body. Clinical guidelines relating to FM are available. Arthritis Victoria have some excellent resources available.
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), a name given to those whose low-level exposure to everyday chemicals (like perfumes and deodorants, cigarette smoke, car exhaust) cause headaches or trigger asthma (AESSRA, 2009). See also multiplechemicalsensitivity.org.
- Postural Orthostatic Intolerance (POTS) is a frequent finding in patients with ME/CFS. This research group suggests all clinical evaluation of patients with possible ME/CFS should include response to standing.
- Depression and Anxiety, are very often present when living with a chronic illness. These are separate conditions, and should never be confused with ME/CFS itself.
These conditions contribute to the deterioration of the quality of life for people with ME/CFS, and contribute to severity of ME/CFS symptoms.
We provide information on Lyme Disease due to frequent discussion of the intersection between ME/CFS and Lyme disease.