Some Chronic Fatigue Treatment Options to Consider
There are a lot of tried and tested Chronic Fatigue treatment options that people can get started on straight away to help them cope better with their CFS symptoms.
Everyone will need to do tbeir own tests and trials until they find the therapies and treatment strategies that best suit their specific variety of CFS as well as suiting their lifestyle, work requirements, and personal health philosophies.
Patients of CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome respond differently to various treatments.
Some of them recover after drastic changes in lifestyle, some of them are more responsive to pharmacological treatments.
Here are the most common treatment modalities to which CFS patients are subjected and to which most of them respond well.
Some patients can facilitate self-care treatments.
This can be done by monitoring the level and pacing of activities such that prolonged and extreme levels of exhaustion are prevented.
This can also be done by preventing the urge to rest.
Since CFS is not relieved through rest ALONE - regardless of the duration, health care professionals do not advise the patients to rest excessively.
Some form of physical activity must be maintained.
This is oftentimes recommended by the physician.
When trying to manage the symptoms of the disorder by yourself, it is best to keep the pacing and the level of the activities under control.
Otherwise, symptoms may occur at a more debilitating rate.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a psychological therapy that delivers relief of symptoms but not necessarily cure.
This helps the patients understand their conditions and can therefore better guide them in forming their beliefs, perception and attitudes towards the syndrome.
It is believed that through a more accurate depiction of the condition, the patient can better respond to the symptoms and they can cause lesser inhibition of the recurrence of their symptoms.
This is a very popular treatment, and I detail it fully in my book on Amazon.
Graded Exercise Therapy
This therapy involves the introduction of incremental changes in the patients' levels of activity.
While concrete evidence is yet to be established, many experts believe that integration of activities is very important in managing the disease.
Under this therapy then, the patient will have to monitor his own activities and exercises.
As the therapy progresses, he moves to higher intensities until he gets back to the doing activities he normally participated in prior to the onset of the condition.
My personal style is to simply remind myself that I need to 'move more' than I currently do, and just keep cranking it up until I reach the ceiling of what I can do in activity for that time.
Small steps - DO NOT over stress your body.
Managements through pharmacological treatments can involve the following medications:
Antidepressants are primarily used to manage mood swings and secondary depression.
Low dosage antidepressants, on the other hand, are helpful in managing sleep disturbance and pain.
Autonomic nervous system stimulants are used to help improve concentration and short-term memory which are greatly affected by the disorder.
NSAIDs or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs are prescribed to CFS patients to relieve them from muscle and joint pain.
Anxiolyticagents are used to target symptoms of anxiety.
CAM or Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The use of dietary supplements in managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is central in alleviating the symptoms of CFS.
According to some pilot studies, supplements of Carnitine, essential fatty acids, Magnesium and polynutrient supplements have shown strong indications of symptom reduction among patients.
Because the origins of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are not yet fully understood, treatment options are more directed to managing the symptoms and not always up to curing the disorder.
The main objective in producing relief from symptoms is to restore the person as far as possible to the level of well-being enjoyed prior to the onset of the disorder.
As a result, majority of sufferers do not fully recover and even if they do, they recover gradually.
For people who expect better and faster recovery, frustration often ensues which for most of the cases, just worsen the condition.
It is therefore recommended to undergo any form of CFS treatment at a very slow but well-managed pace.
I have outlined some of the most straightforward steps in my CFS section on this site, and I have also detailed every good form of treatment in my book
Learn more about the CFS causes, symptoms and natural fatigue remedies when you read the rest of my information here about: How to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CFS.
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