Category:Symptom scales

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Self-report symptom scales and questionnaires used to measure the levels of illness and disability in patients with ME/CFS, fibromyalgia or other chronic illnesses.

Symptom scales or other forms of self-assessment should be used together with objective measures, e.g., school/work attendance record, distance walked in 6 mins, cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET), pain medication consumption, or VO2 max, in order to get an accurate picture of the impact of illness.

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two-day cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) - A diagnostic test which involves testing an ME/CFS patient exercising on an exercise machine, while monitoring their respiration, especially oxygen consumption. This test is repeated the following day in order to confirm the patient's inability to replicate the first-day performance. This test is thought to be the most objective way to detect post-exertional malaise.

VO2 Max (VO2max) - the maximum amount of oxygen the body can utilize during a specified period of usually intense exercise (Volume of O2 Maximal)

International Consensus Criteria (ICC) - A set of diagnostic criteria, based on the Canadian Consensus Criteria, that argued for the abandonment of the term "chronic fatigue syndrome" and encouraged the sole use of the term "myalgic encephalomyelitis".

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