Fatigue has many possible causes. The history and physical exam are the first steps in determining other possible causes of fatigue and what tests may be needed to check for other conditions.
The medical history for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) includes questions about your fatigue and other symptoms. The questions will cover:
Try to describe your symptoms in detail. Writing out a complete history of your illness before you see the doctor may be helpful.
The doctor also may ask about your mental health. Depression can contribute to fatigue and other symptoms. Treating depression often can improve CFS symptoms as well.
The doctor will do a complete physical exam to evaluate your symptoms and screen for other conditions that could be causing your fatigue.
The physical exam will help your doctor decide whether you need further testing and what kind of testing you need. For example, if the doctor finds that you have swollen, red joints, you may need tests to rule out conditions that can cause joint pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|Last Revised||April 22, 2011|