There is finally a screening test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

For decades, Australians living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have faced stigma and been unable to gain a clear diagnosis. Now,

For decades, Australians living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have faced stigma and been unable to gain a clear diagnosis. Now, Queensland researchers could change all that, thanks to a new screening test they have developed.

A team of scientists at Griffith University has identified elements of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) which, when detected together, could help patients get a clearer diagnosis.

According to Profesor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik from Griffith University, this new test for CFS could help over 400 000 Australians living with the debilitating condition.

“This illness has traditionally been difficult to diagnose, meaning that people can go for months without getting the care and attention they require”, Professor Marshall-Gradisnik explained.

“We are confident that the new screening test currently in development will provide efficient and increasingly accurate screening for people with CFS. This test may also be used to monitor and track the progression of their illness”.

The research undertaken by Professor Marshall-Gradisnik and her team at Griffith University has been supported by the Queensland Government.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome normally involves extreme tiredness that doesn’t dissipate with rest, muscular pain or swelling, tender lymph-nodes and frequent headaches.

People in their 40s and above are most at risk of developing CFS, although there is no one cause for the condition. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for CFS, so early detection could make be all the difference today.

Do you suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Is somebody you know living with this condition? How does CFS affect your life? Will you seek out this screening test?

  1. I wish they’d had a test 33 yrs ago when I developed the most terrible muscle weakness. I would keep having to rest my arms while trying to wash my hair,and my legs felt like heavy tree stumps I was dragging along.I had a succession of most bizarre symptoms like the heart electrical impulse seemingly going up and down instead of round and round. Anyway,after various failed attempts at diagnosis from specialists one said he thought it was ME myalgic encephalopathy as it was known then.I try to not let anything stop me,and life just carried on,while this malaise seemed to be spreading to others and they were also being told its all in your mind. I changed to alternative medicine with great results and learned that tiredness was a signal to slow down,before everything flared up again! An early diagnosis would be great.

  2. There is so much more acceptance now than there used to be. This will be helpful for people struggling daily just to have an official ‘name’ for this debilitating syndrome. Hopefully it will stop the ignorant comments such as ‘just seeking attention’ and ‘well I’d like to stay at home too’ not to mention ‘yes I get really tired as well’ that I had to listen to 15 years ago. Great news!

  3. I have CFS as part of Fibromyalgia. The only way to deal with it is constant pacing of your activities, breaking activities up with rest periods and changing ones position regularly. Also building up exercise gradually and knowing when to start from scratch again after a bad patch or illness.

  4. Still lot of ignorance out there regarding CFS. If you tell anyone you have it they look st you as though you have two heads. One thing to get a diagnosis but thats not going to change peoples attitude towards it. We want a cure or at least some management strategies.

    • Laurie  

      It would be wonderful if the screening test came with a CD that apologised to all the people who had to suffer the insensitive, rude and uncaring remarks from others. You could wear the diagnosis on a sign around your neck and play the CD to one and all! 🙂

  5. My brother had it years ago, I’d never heard of it before then. He was a 6’3″ strong hard working man and mortally offended at the constant inferences that it was all in his mind or worse, that he was a malingerer.

  6. Great news, I would certainly seek out the test. Symptoms mentioned would explain a lot

  7. Don,t bother explaining it anymore ,too many ” but you look well ” on the few times i can get out , the lack of acceptance is almost worse than having CFS

  8. This was the research study Roz was involved in. I’m pleased they are getting results. Hopefully soon FM will be easier to diagnose and treat

  9. My son was diagnosed twenty eight years ago when it was still called ME after being told by several doctors it was all in his mind. He pushed himself to try and get it out of his mind and ended up bedridden for twelve months. I used to feel so helpless as there was so little knowledge and the symptoms were very real. He was a bright academic student and champion bike rider. We had his bike rigged to the roof of his room so it would inspire him to get well. All of these years later I still feel his immune system is compromised. An earlier diagnosis may have had him resting before it became so chronic. I really feel for those who suffer from this truly debilitating condition.

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