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ME/CFS Treatment Options

Treatments are tailored to the patient, depending on their particular symptoms or biological abnormalities. There is no one pill or “one-size fits all” treatment for all patients. Because ME/CFS patients often have low tolerance for medications, low doses are recommended first. 
There is no cure or FDA-approved drug for the disease. Drugs and other treatments are designed to reduce symptoms and improve the immune system, endocrine system and energy system function.

Diet and supplements:
Treatment may include dietary changes and supplements. Discuss this with your physician.

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What if I have ME/CFS?

Activity change:
Most all physicians recognize the danger of ME/CFS patients getting into a “push and crash” cycle. As soon as someone realizes they have ME/CFS, care should be taken to pace the activity throughout the day based on the level of ability at that time. This will allow some rest time for recovery after activity, including mental activity.
As a person is more able, the length of time and level of activity may be increased. Any exertion will likely exacerbate symptoms and any activity should be stopped before the patient feels the fatigue or other symptoms.


Psychological assistance:
Suddenly having a disabling chronic illness can be a shock. You might  benefit from learning the symptoms, attitude and behavior phases most patients go through from the point of onset to resolution. About half of ME/CFS patients will experience depression at some point as a result of the great loss and frustration the debilitation causes or possibly as a result of chemical changes in the brain caused by the disease.
If that occurs, then psychological therapy and/or pharmacological treatments for depression may be appropriate.

The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained in these topics is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Last update: February 10, 2014
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