Tests for ME/CFS and possibly Long COVID

A reader asked me to put together a list of test that could/should be done. I divide the tests into two categories:

  • Actionable — the results lead immediately to an accepted treatment with high possibility of success
  • Informational — this shows that there is a problem, there may be treatment of a sort – typically symptom mitigations (i.e. prescription painkillers — which hides the pain, not remove the source of it)


These tests may result in actions. In some cases, we work the system to get a desired action.


These tests are ones that I would not pay for out of pocket. They do not help move you to remission

  • Vitamin 1,25D – this will often be very high — characteristic, not directly treatable (see Vitamin D above)
  • TH1 and TH2, see TH1 / TH2 ratio and Probiotics
  • From my English book draft, I list the following items as Lab Manifestations (download the book for citations and more information):
    • Aldosterone
    • CD4/CD8 Ratio
    • Choline
    • Cortisol
    • Cyclo-oxygenase-2
    • Cytokines
    • C-Reactive Protein
    • Galantamine
    • Glutamine
    • Inducible NO synthase
    • Lysozyme
    • N-acetyl cysteine
    • Natural Killer (NK) Cell Subsets
    • NFkappabeta
    • Neopterin
    • Norepinephrine
    • Plasma Osmolality
    • Plasma Renin
    • RNase-L
    • Red Blood Count
    • Transforming Growth Factor – Beta
    • Brain Scans:
      • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
      • Positron emission tomography
      • Transcranial Doppler Sonography
      • SPECT

Bottom Line

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