Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Treatment Overview
Regular visits to your doctor every few months can help
track your progress and evaluate any changes in your symptoms that might
indicate that your fatigue is caused by something other than CFS.
Treatment if the condition gets worse
news about CFS is that it rarely gets worse over time. In some people, it goes
away in 1 or 2 years. Others have periods of relatively good health followed by
periods of severe symptoms and great difficulty. Relapses are not unusual.
Continue to see your doctor periodically to monitor changes in your
What To Think About
Although the cause of
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is not well understood,
the fatigue is real and can make day-to-day activities difficult. As you work
toward regaining your strength and energy, don't go too fast. Aim for a gradual
return to your previous level of activity.
Doctors focus on
giving support, information, and counseling, and on treating problems that
arise as a result of symptoms of CFS. If you are depressed, your doctor may
prescribe an antidepressant. Medicines are also prescribed to help you sleep,
relieve your pain, and treat blood-pressure problems. Blood pressure problems
orthostatic hypotension in which your heart beats
faster and your blood pressure drops when you stand or sit up quickly.
Joining a support group can reassure you that there
are others who share your experience, that you are not alone. Talking to others
who have CFS can help you keep a good attitude, which is critically
important to feeling better.