Treatments for CFS
Managing chronic fatigue syndrome can be as complex as the illness itself. There is
no cure, no prescription drugs have been developed specifically for CFS,
and symptoms may vary considerably over time. These factors complicate treatment and
require you and your health care team to constantly monitor and frequently
revise treatment strategies.
It may take some time
to find a combination of traditional and alternative therapies that works for
you, but it's important not to delay symptom management. For instance, untreated
sleep problems can actually make other symptomsólike pain and memory
to managing CFS is working with your doctor and other health care practitioners to
create an individualized treatment program. Your program should be based on a
combination of therapies that address coping techniques, symptoms and activity
team of health care professionals working together to develop this
individualized care plan is ideal. This team might include physicians and other
primary care providers, mental health professionals, rehabilitation specialists
and physical or exercise therapists. Other professionals, like a sleep therapist
or dietician, can be added as needed, and you may only need one or two
consultations with such specialists.
If you live in an area
where you don't have access to specialists, or if your insurance provider
doesn't cover such consultations, you can still work with your primary care
providers to develop an effective treatment plan.
There are treatment
options that can improve symptoms, increase function and enhance quality of life
for CFS patients. See the links below for specific treatment
Activity and exercise management
These articles on
coping, symptomatic treatments and exercise are available in PDF
When Working Out Doesn't Work Out
Dealing with Guilt
What a Pain!
Clinical Care for CFS