There is no diagnostic blood test for M.E. – but testing your blood is essential to rule out other illnesses that can cause similar symptoms. This leaflet takes an in-depth look at what blood tests should be taken to ensure your diagnosis is correct and what these tests can reveal.
“While minor blood test abnormalities can occur in ME/CFS, none of them are sufficiently consistent or robust enough to turn them into diagnostic markers in our current state of knowledge.
“So the simple answer here is ‘no’ and a diagnostic ‘ME blood test’ seems unlikely to be made available in the near future. Significant progress is however being made in the search for potential diagnostic biomarkers and a number of research groups have been reporting some interesting preliminary findings…”
Topics discussed in this leaflet, include:
- What does a blood test measure?
- Is there a diagnostic blood test for M.E.?
- The search for a diagnostic marker
- What blood tests should be taken before a diagnosis is confirmed?
- The results, what do they mean?
- When should blood tests be repeated or extended?
- Specific blood tests (in detail) and what they can tell us about your state of health
The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.
Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.