Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment
The goals of treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome are to relieve symptoms and give people the ability to regain a sense of well-being; at this point, there is no cure for the condition. Most healthcare providers will use a combination of treatment options, which include lifestyle changes, medications, and alternative treatments.
There are several different chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) treatment options. The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms and give people with CFS the ability to regain a sense of well-being.
People should not expect rapid recovery because overexertion may lead to more symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Doctors and patients should work together to find the best treatment program based on the affected person's overall medical condition and current symptoms. Treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome will be modified over time on the basis of regular follow-up and assessment of the person's changing condition.
Most healthcare providers who have experience in treating chronic fatigue syndrome will use a combination of therapies, which include:
- Lifestyle changes (see Lifestyle Changes for CFS)
- Medications (see Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Drugs)
- Alternative treatments (see Alternative Therapies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).
It is important for people with chronic fatigue syndrome to learn how to pace themselves and manage or avoid physical and emotional stress. Lifestyle changes that can help treat chronic fatigue syndrome include:
- Physical activity
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Alternative treatments
Medication is used to help relieve specific CFS symptoms. However, currently, there are no chronic fatigue syndrome drugs that will cure the condition.
It is important to remember that medications should be used only if the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome has not been found. It is also important to remember that all medications can cause side effects, which may lead to new symptoms.
Medications commonly used as part of a chronic fatigue syndrome treatment plan include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Other antidepressants
- Anxiety medications
- Allergy medications
- Antihypotensive/antitachycardia therapy.
(Click Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Drugs for more information.)