There are a variety of chronic fatigue treatments, but the effectiveness of treatments is not always successful nor do they work in all individuals. The problem is that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is also a variable disorder- improving in some and worsening in others without any change in treatment. Today, there is no specific chronic fatigue syndrome treatment. Most individuals perform a trial and error basis and hopefully discover what works for them. In most cases chronic fatigue syndrome treatment involves use of a combination of treatments.
The available chronic fatigue treatments include the following:
The first thing to do is limit your activities and this means decreasing any physical or emotional activity that causes stress. One should not completely avoid physical activity as this may actually worsen the symptoms. The goal should be to have a balance in activities that are productive but not stressful.
Most people may benefit from steady exercises. There is lot of evidence which indicates that physical therapy can improve symptoms of the disorder.
Cognitive behavior treatment for chronic fatigue causes a significant improvement in concentration and erases negative beliefs. An expert therapist can instill a positive influence and an optimistic outlook which greatly helps reduce symptoms.
Treatment of depression involves use of tricyclics and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Prozac and Sertaline. These medications can greatly improve symptoms of depression, improve sleep and relieve pain.
Unfortunately the treatment of pain is not satisfactory in individuals with CFS. The traditional non steroidal pain killers do not work and most individuals require more potent pain killers.
Sleep problems need both medical treatment and a change in habits. One should skip day time sleeping habits; avoid caffeine containing beverages and alcohol. A short course of sleeping pills may help induce sleep.
Individuals who have allergy-like symptoms of a congested nose, sore throat or headaches may benefit from antihistamines like Allegra and zyrtec.
There are some individual with CFS who consistently have episodes of lightheadness and dizziness. These individuals are often found to have low blood pressure (hypotension) and may benefit from drugs like fludrocortisones (Florinef).
Some individuals with CFS may also benefit from use of sedatives to relieve anxiety, stress and panic situations. Often a short course of treatment with drugs like xanax or Ativan can be helpful.
There are other experimental unproven treatments for CFS and include the use of psycho stimulants (Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta), corticosteroids, interferon, anti viral drugs and immunoglobulins. In each of these cases, reports of benefit are anecdotal and not substantiated by any clinical evidence. Moreover these treatments are exorbitantly expensive and also associated with a variety of complications.
Consumers should understand that drug treatment for chronic fatigue causes a number of side effects which can make symptoms worse. In each case, chronic fatigue treatments should be individualized and the individual closely monitored to ensure that side effects of drugs are minimal.
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