A chronic fatigue syndrome treatment depends at large on how this disease affects you as an individual. The general treatment includes medicines to control some symptoms and a strict commitment to changes in your lifestyle.
Early diagnosis can greatly help. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence offers an individual chronic fatigue syndrome treatment program which will provide the CFS patient with lots of ways to handle the disease including managing of the emotional and physical effects of the symptoms. A healthcare profession will be assigned to the patient during the treatment program.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is one kind of therapy that can help CFS patients to manage this disease by decreasing the severity of the CFS symptoms as well as the distress brought about by the disease.
The CBT therapist will change the way you think and behave in relation to the disease by helping you accept the diagnosis and the challenging emotions that can slow down your treatment while enhancing your self control over CFS symptoms.
A graded exercise therapy is also an example of chronic fatigue syndrome treatment. This kind of treatment involves an exercise program which can increase your heart rate such as swimming and walking exercises.
The exercise program may last for years to achieve your goals of being treated with CFS. However, it is important not to overdo an exercise and stick to the time for you to do the exercise and the intensity of the exercise as instructed or required by the therapist.
Treatment through medication may involve the use of over the counter painkillers to relieve muscle pain, headaches and joint pains.
Antidepressants can also be prescribed to people with CFS especially those who have trouble sleeping and who suffer from pain. An example of a prescription is Amitriptyline which is a low dose tricyclic antidepressant.
An anti-emetic medication may be prescribed to you if your CFS brings you severe nausea.
Other ways to treat or control CFS
There may also be some activities or foods you should avoid to go with medication and therapy such as avoiding stressful situations, avoiding sugar, sweeteners, caffeine and alcohol.
Because CFS is related to stress and fatigue, must also find time to relax.