Coping With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


If you've been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, you may be relieved by having an explanation regarding your change in health, but then also felt hopeless thinking that there is nothing much you can do about a syndrome without yet a cure. Hopefully, your health provider has explained to you that there are medications, therapies, and self-care techniques that a person can undergo, which can help relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. In this post, I want to share with you some further suggestions:


Be the boss.

The best course of action is always to control the disorder rather than let it control you. I'm not going to sugar coat it - It demands effort, your 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 be to gain back control of your life.

Look for simple but effective solutions.

Not all CFS treatments may work for you. This is because while there is a general clinical definition of the disorder, various levels of severity occur. This may mean you work with your medical doctor to try a variety of different 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 supplements instead of antibiotics and pain relievers.

  • Go to a psychologist and ask whether you can undergo therapies to facilitate better coping with your illness.

  • Don't be limited by pharmacological treatments; experiment on various options and pick some that provide you the most benefits.

TAKE LESSONS FROM EACH DAY


With chronic fatigue, you are lucky if you don't feel sick for one day. So, for the most part, you can note your symptoms and your responses to treatments and therapies. It is important to keep a journal of your daily experience as this can help guide you on how to manage your disorder better.


TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTHCARE


Take an active role in facilitating the delivery of healthcare services for yourself. If what your doctor gives you does not work, find someone else. Don't be afraid to get a second or third opinion from doctors who are experts in immune system dysfunction. If you don't respond well to conventional medicine, find other treatments.


MOVE YOUR BODY A LITTLE BIT 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 pick up one's energy and health so try undergoing exercise programs. Try graded exercise therapy, for example. According to recent studies, this therapy improves the physical energy and capacity of chronic fatigue syndrome. 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 little activity done each day, the body will regain the strength and vigor that once were available before the onset of chronic fatigue.


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