Advice for people with suspected ME/CFS
1.3 Advice for people with suspected ME/CFS
1.3.1 When ME/CFS is suspected, give people personalised advice about managing their symptoms. Also advise them:
- not to use more energy than they perceive they have − they should manage their daily activity and not 'push through' their symptoms
- to rest and convalesce as needed (this might mean making changes to their daily routine, including work, school and other activities)
- to maintain a healthy balanced diet, with adequate fluid intake.
1.3.2 Explain to people with suspected ME/CFS that their diagnosis can only be confirmed after 3 months of persistent symptoms. Reassure them that they can return for a review before that if they develop new or worsened symptoms, and ensure that they know who to contact for advice.