5 Tips for Coping with Chronic Fatigue
Updated: May 14
Once diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue, you may feel relieved having an explanation for the changes in your energy levels. Still, there may also be feelings of hopelessness that creep in. If you're fortunate, you'll have a health provider explain your treatment options, such as medications, therapies, and self-care techniques.
If this was your experience or not, there are still a few things that may not have been suggested to you. This post will explore five practical ways to manage life with chronic fatigue.
BE THE BOSS OF YOUR LIFE
The best course of action is always to control the chronic fatigue rather than let it control you. I'm not going to sugarcoat it - it demands effort, time, and persistence to get in control of a chronic illness.
If you have spent months or years suffering from this syndrome, you have likely developed a sense of helplessness and defeat against the disorder. But this must not be the case. Your goal moving forward needs to gain back control of your life.
LOOK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Not all chronic fatigue treatments may work for you. This is because while there is a general clinical definition of the condition, various levels of severity occur. This may mean you work with your doctor to try multiple medications, or you may also want to try alternative treatments and therapies outside of conventional medicine.
Consult with herbalists and alternative medicine therapists and seek treatments that may help you with your symptoms.
Ask your doctor about testing for any vitamin deficiencies and recommended supplements.
Visit a psychologist and ask whether you can undergo therapies to help better cope with your illness.
Don't be limited by pharmacological treatments; experiment on various options and pick some that provide you with the most benefits.
TAKE LESSONS FROM EACH DAY
With chronic fatigue, you are lucky if you go one day without symptoms. Considering the benefit of that, for the most part, you should know your symptoms well and be able to note precisely your responses to treatments and therapies. It's essential to keep a journal of your daily experience to help you manage your symptoms better.
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTHCARE
Take an active role in facilitating the delivery of healthcare services for yourself. If your doctor, for example, doesn't want to test for vitamin deficiencies or allergies and only prescribes you antibiotics and pain relievers, you may feel frustrated.
If you're not getting the answers you're searching for, or your doctor doesn't work well in partnership with you, it's okay to find someone else. Don't be afraid to get a second or third opinion from doctors. If you don't respond well to conventional medicine, find other treatments.
MOVE YOUR BODY A LITTLE MORE
For most people with chronic fatigue, the idea of doing some physical activities is not only impossible but unthinkable. Nonetheless, recent studies have shown that minor physical activities can help boost energy and good health.
Consider trying an exercise program where you have a coach or support person to assist and encourage you as you slowly increase your level of exercise. Try graded exercise therapy, for example.
According to recent studies, this therapy improves chronic fatigue's physical energy and capacity. While it is, of course, hard for the first few months, the first few years even, it is always worth the effort.
Eventually, with a bit of activity done each day, the body can regain some of the strength and energy available before chronic fatigue.