Table 6

Exclusion conditions at clinical evaluationa
Exclusion condition Support group referral Provider referral
(n = 29) (n = 20)
Active inflammation 1 1
Alcohol abuse 4
Anemia 2 1
Anorexia bulimia 1
Autoimmune disorder 1
Bipolar 2
Cervical, thoracic, lumber spine disease 1
Diabetes Type II/insulin resistance 7 1
Hepatitis C 1
High blood urea 2
High C-reactive protein (CRP)a,b 5 5
Hypertension 1
Hypothyroidism 7 3
Major depressive disorder with melancholy 2 2
Mitochrondrial myopathy 1
Obesity 2
Obstructive sleep apnea 1 1
Osteoarthritis 2
Narcolepsy 1
Restless leg syndrome 2 1
Rheumatoid arthritis 1
Sleep problems 1
Schizophrenia 1
Sickle cell 1
Substance abuse 3
Uncontrolled high blood pressure 1
Urinary tract infection 2 2
Total exclusion condition by group 47 26

aPerson could have more than one exclusion condition and the exclusion could be based on one or multiple conditions.

bAll persons with high CRP were excluded for other coexisting medical conditions. While a high CRP value is not an exclusion as defined in the 1994 case definition, we identified persons with CRP values that were several fold higher than the upper limits of normal values, as there may be an underlying inflammatory, infectious, or cardiovascular disease.

Brimmer et al.

Brimmer et al. BMC Research Notes 2013 6:309   doi:10.1186/1756-0500-6-309

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