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    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Treatment Overview



    Do all you can to take charge of your fatigue level. Even when you have more energy, keep a low-key pace throughout each day.

    Depression, anxiety, and distress

    Living with CFS can be as much a mental health challenge as it is a physical one. It's easy to get caught in a cycle of frustration, anger, and depression.

    • Work with your doctor to watch for signs of depression. It can be easy to mistake depression for CFS fatigue.
    • If your doctor suggests an antidepressant, ask if there is one that may not only improve your mood, but also help control your pain and help you sleep.
    • For support and help with mood problems, you can also work with a professional counselor who understands CFS.

    Get specialist care when you need it

    You can expect your symptoms to come and go. For some people, certain things trigger long periods of worse symptoms. Visit your doctor every few months to help track your symptoms and check for any need to change your treatment.

    Get specialized care if you need it. For example:

    • A rehabilitation specialist can help you start a graded exercise plan. He or she can also treat pain.
    • A pain management specialist can offer a number of pain treatments.
    • There are some specialists who work with experimental treatments such as antiviral medicines.
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