Chronic Fatigue Treatment Options
CFS patients or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome respond differently to various treatments. Some of them recovered after a drastic change in lifestyle, some of them more responsive to pharmacological treatments. The following are the most common treatment modalities where CFS patients targeted, and most of them respond well.
Self-Care / Management Techniques
- Some patients can facilitate self-care care. This can be done by monitoring the level and steps of activities so that the level of fatigue that is too long and extreme can be prevented. This can also be done by avoiding the desire to rest. Because CFS does not decrease through rest, regardless of duration, health care professionals do not advise patients to over-rest. Some forms of physical activity must be maintained. Doctors often recommend this. When trying to manage the symptoms of the disorder themselves, it is best to keep the pace and pace of activity under control. Otherwise, symptoms can occur at a more debilitating level.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
- CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a psychological therapy that removes symptoms but not necessarily cured. This helps patients understand their condition and therefore can guide them in shaping their beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes towards the syndrome. It believed that through more accurate depiction of conditions, patients could respond to symptoms better and they can cause a smaller inhibition of symptoms that reappear.
Multi-level Exercise Therapy
- This therapy involves the introduction of gradual changes in the patient's level of activity. While concrete evidence has not established, many experts believe that the integration of events is essential in managing disease. Under this therapy, the patient must monitor his activities and training. When treatment continues, it moves to a higher intensity until it returns to the event that it usually follows before the onset of the condition.
Management of conditions through pharmacological treatment can involve the following drugs:
- Antidepressants are mainly used to regulate mood changes and subsequent depression. Low-dose antidepressants, on the other hand, help in dealing with sleep disorders and pain.
- Autonomic nervous system stimulants are used to help improve concentration and short-term memory that are significantly affected by the disorder.
- NSAIDs or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs are prescribed for CFS patients to relieve them of painful muscles and joints.
Anxiolytic agents used to target anxiety symptoms.
CAM or Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- The use of food supplements in managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is the core in reducing the symptoms of CFS. According to several pilot studies, supplements of Carnitine, essential fatty acids, Magnesium, and polynutrient supplements have shown strong indications of symptom reduction among patients.
- Because the origin of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not yet fully understood, treatment options more directed at managing symptoms and not really in treating the disorder. The primary goal of producing relief from symptoms is to restore the person's condition and well-being before the onset of the disease.
As a result, most sufferers do not fully recover, and even if they do, they gradually recover. For people who expect a better and faster recovery, frustration often occurs which for the majority of cases worsens the condition. Therefore it is recommended to undergo treatment at a very slow speed but well managed.