ME: one third of patients ‘wrongly diagnosed’
A third of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME, may be suffering from a treatable illness known as PoTS, a professor claims By Sarah Knapton, 6:00AM BST 17 Jun 2014
A third of the people who believe they have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME, may be suffering from a treatable illness, a professor claims.
There is currently no medication for ME, which is characterised by fatigue, muscle aches and memory loss.
However, Prof Julia Newton, of the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University, believes that doctors often wrongly diagnose ME when people are suffering from Postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS).
PoTS is a disorder of the nervous system that disrupts the body’s automatic functions, such as breathing.
Symptoms include dizziness, rapid heartbeat, fainting, nausea, excessive tiredness and trembling. Young women are most likely to be affected by the ailment, which afflicts about 110,000 people in Britain.
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