- Last Updated: 21 January 2016 21 January 2016
One of the most frequently asked questions by people who have, or think they might have, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) or Fibromyalgia (FM) is who are the "experts" working with these illnesses in their area? The answer is that experts are "few and far between" and scattered around the country.
There are doctors who are very knowledgeable and see patients in all-inclusive centers dedicated to these particular illnesses. However, using these may require considerable travel, and good insurance coverage, as well as sufficient financial means by which to absorb the cost of travel and patient balances on services and treatments.
There are centers in many states that have combined a variety of practitioners and offer a range of healthcare services, usually a blend of traditional and alternative medicine. These type of centers work with many chronic conditions and might be good options for a number of patients. However, these centers tend to accept few insurance plans.
The best suggestion for patients is not to lose hope, but learn how to take advantage of the health care that is available to them—according to their insurance and within their financial means. It is still possible to relieve symptoms, reduce exacerbations and improve overall function without going to the "experts".