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ME/CFS Diagnostic Criteria and Guidelines

www ME: International Consensus Criteria
(Journal of Internal Medicine, Aug 2011)

For GPs:
ME – Adult & Paediatric:
International Consensus Primer for Medical Practitioners
(PDF, 1.49 MB)


ME/CFS: A Clinical Case Definition and Guidelines for Medical Practitioners
– An Overview of the Canadian Consensus Document
(PDF, 1 MB)

  Note: See here for an overview on the Canadian Consensus Criteria for Fibromyalgia (PDF, 1.70 MB)


ME/CFS Guidelines for GPs
(South Australian Department of Health)
(English) (PDF, 460 KB)


ME/CFS Guidelines for GPs
(South Australian Department of Health)
(German) (PDF, 186 KB)


For Psychiatrists (in English):
CFS: Assessment and Treatment of Patients with ME/CFS – Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists
(Eleanor Stein MD FRCP[C], 2005)
(PDF, 460 KB)


For Psychiatrists (in German):
Chronic Fatigue Syndrom: Diagnose und Behandlung von Patienten mit ME/CFS – Klinische Leitlinien für Psychiater
(Eleanor Stein MD FRCP[C], 2005)
(PDF, 313 KB)

Australian ME/CFS Societies
ME/CFS Australia Ltd
Address: PO Box 7100 Dandenong VIC 3175
Phone: (03) 9793 4500
Fax: (03) 9793 1866
ACT ME/CFS Society, Inc
Address: c/o SHOUT, PO Box 717, Mawson ACT 2607
Phone: (02) 6290 1984
Fax: (02) 6290 4475
ME/CFS Society of NSW Inc
Postal address: PO Box 5403, West Chatswood NSW 1515
Office address: Suite 204, 10 Help Street, Chatswood NSW 2067
Phone: (02) 8006 7448
The ME/CFS & FM Association NSW
ME/CFS Australia (Northern Territory)
Address: PO Box 120, Prahran, VIC 3181
Reception: (03) 9529 1344
Support Line: (03) 9529 1600
ME/CFS/FM Support Association Qld Inc
Address: 27 Scott Street, Toowoomba Qld 4350
Phone: (07) 4632 8173
Phone: (07) 4659 5239
ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc
Postal address: PO Box 28, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Address: 266 Port Road, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Phone: (08) 8346 3237 ('834 MECFS')
Support line: (08) 8346 3237 or 1300 128 339 for country callers
ME/CFS Australia (Tasmania)
Address: PO Box 120, Prahran, VIC 3181
Reception: (03) 9529 1344
Support Line: (03) 9529 1600
ME/CFS Australia (Victoria)
Office address: 2/240 Chapel Street, Prahran, VIC, 3181
Postal address: PO Box 120, Prahran, VIC 3181
Reception: (03) 9529 1344
Support Line: (03) 9529 1600
The ME/CFS Society of WA (Inc)
Address: The Centre for Neurological Support, The Niche, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands, Perth WA 6009
Phone: (08) 9346 7477
Fax: (08) 9346 7534


List of Australian ME/CFS organisations
(PDF, 19 KB)


List of Australian ME/CFS organisations (Word, 41 KB)



Brains of people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome offer clues about disorder

International news

Wednesday 26 November 2014


From The New York Times:

Brain scans
(Photo: Michael Zeineh)

Brains of People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Offer Clues About Disorder

By David Tuller
November 24, 2014 7:03 PM

Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome are accustomed to disappointment. The cause of the disorder remains unknown; it can be difficult to diagnose, and treatment options are few. Research suggesting that an infection from a mouse virus may cause it raised hopes among patients a few years ago, but the evidence fell apart under closer scrutiny.

Many patients are still told to seek psychiatric help. But two recent studies — one from investigators at Stanford a few weeks ago and another from a Japanese research team published earlier this year — have found that the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome differ from those of healthy people, strengthening the argument that serious physiological dysfunctions are at the root of the condition.

“You’ve got two different groups that have independently said, ‘There’s something going on in the brain that is aberrant,’ ” said Leonard Jason, a psychologist at DePaul University in Chicago who studies the condition, also called myalgic encephalomyelitis and widely known as M.E./C.F.S. “I think you have a growing sense that this illness should be taken seriously.”

Read more…


New oral medication shows promise in treating Fibromyalgia

International news

Tuesday 25 November 2014


From News Medical:

Innovative Med Concepts

New oral medication shows promise in treating fibromyalgia

Published on November 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

A new oral medication known as IMC-1, developed by Innovative Med Concepts, proved highly effective at reducing pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia (FM) in patients in a recent clinical trial.

Detailed results of the randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled Phase II study, known as PRID-201, were presented today at the 2014 American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in Boston by William L. Pridgen, M.D., FACS, founder and CEO of Innovative Med Concepts.

According to Daniel J. Clauw, M.D., director of the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), commenting on the PRID-201 results, "IMC-1 shows promise as a potentially new treatment for the millions of people who suffer from this debilitating condition."

Read more…


Irish TV show Doctor in the House addresses Fibromyalgia

International news

Monday 24 November 2014


From EmaxHealth:

Stethoscope and heart

‘Doctor in the House’ addresses fibromyalgia problems

By Lana Bandoim 
2014-11-17 22:05

It is not often that people who suffer from fibromyalgia see their health problems addressed on television shows. However, “Doctor in the House” is challenging the usual coverage of common diseases on TV by presenting an episode that deals with fibromyalgia. Eileen Callaghan discovers that her self-diagnosis was correct and learns how to handle the condition.

“Doctor in the House” follows Dr. Nina Byrnes, Dr. Sinead Beirne and Professor Niall Moyna as they try to help patients by visiting their households. The Irish television show provides families the opportunity to have professionals assess their health and offer them a real plan to improve it. The medical experts return after eight weeks to evaluate the families for results.

The latest episode of “Doctor in the House” features Eileen Callaghan and Peter Whelan seeking help as they consider starting a family in the future. Eileen Callaghan thinks she has fibromyalgia, and the doctors confirm her disorder after the examinations. However, this is not the only health problem they find that may make it difficult for her to start a family. The doctors inform Eileen Callaghan about her high cholesterol, diabetes risk and weight issues. They are concerned that she is overweight and not taking care of herself.

Read more…


Does oral Coenzyme Q10 plus NADH supplementation improve Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

International news

Sunday 23 November 2014


From ProHealth:


Does oral Coenzyme Q10 plus NADH supplementation improve fatigue and biochemical parameters in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

By Dr. Jesus Castro-Marrero et al.
November 17, 2014

By Dr. Jesus Castro-Marrero et al.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a chronic and extremely debilitating illness characterized by prolonged fatigue and multiple symptoms with unknown cause, diagnostic test, or universally effective treatment.

Inflammation, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and CoQ10 deficiency have been well documented in CFS. We conducted an 8-weeks randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the benefits of oral CoQ10 (200 mg/day) plus NADH (20 mg/day) supplementation on fatigue and biochemical parameters in 73 Spanish CFS patients. This study was registered in (NCT02063126).

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Society seminar reminder

South Australian news

Saturday 22 November 2014


ME/CFS Australia (SA) IncA reminder that the society's next seminar will be held today (Saturday, 22 November 2014) at 1pm.

Here are the details:


The speaker will be Dr Susan Cockshell.

Dr Cockshell will be talking about cognitive functioning and ME/CFS.


All seminars are held at Sophia House.

Read more…


Watch Voices from the Shadows documentary for free till the end of the year

International news

Friday 21 November 2014


From the Voices from the Shadows Facebook page:

Voices from the Shadows

Watch Voices from the Shadows documentary for free till the end of the year

The film ‘Voices from the Shadows’ is now available to watch for free until the end of the year – on Vimeo – by entering a promo code of VOICES after clicking the “rent for $3” button [see at the end of this article].

Vimeo also requires you to register with a name, email address and password.

This film is not considered suitable viewing for children and young people with ME, but is intended for adults who are not familiar with the illness.

Read more…


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - very real, highly disturbing medical condition

International news

Thursday 20 November 2014


From US newspaper the San Jose Mercury News:


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - very real, highly disturbing medical condition

By Lisa M. Krieger
POSTED: 11/16/2014 06:35:37 PM PST

New clues are emerging about the mystery condition called chronic fatigue syndrome, which causes such disabling exhaustion that people can't complete normal daily activities.

"There is physical evidence that something is going on," said Carol Drake, 56, a Fremont patient and participant in a Sunday support group at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Mountain View.

"When you tell people you have cancer, they take it more seriously. Chronic fatigue syndrome, they don't," she said. "If it doesn't affect somebody's life directly, they don't really have an interest in it." Chronic fatigue syndrome is estimated to affect between 1 and 4 million individuals in the United States and millions more worldwide.

But patients have struggled to have their symptoms recognized as a legitimate physical illness.

Read more…


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