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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment

Is there a cure for chronic fatigue syndrome?

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  • There is no known cure for chronic fatigue syndrome. Instead, your doctor will treat your symptoms to alleviate your pain and discomfort and help you regain your energy. A series of therapies, including medication and physical therapy will be developed to improve function. You also may be asked to make some lifestyle changes such as altering your sleep patterns, improving your eating habits, stretching and exercising or taking supplements to help treat sleep and pain.
  • Because there is no known scientific cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), there is not a cure per se. However, the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome dissipate on their own over time. If your chronic fatigue syndrome is due to psychological stress, diet, or exercise habits, symptoms should lessen or cease when the poor habits do. If chronic fatigue is caused by depression or another lasting disease such as cancer, most people treat it by working on lessening the severity of their symptoms and improving their functioning and quality of life. Most treatments involve maintaining a healthy lifestyle, regulating sleep habits, and possibly taking medication for certain factors that may cause fatigue, such as low blood pressure.

  • A Dr Robin Miller, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    Unfortunately there is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome. Since we do not know what causes chronic fatigue it is difficult to find a cure. Treatment revolves around alleviating pain, improving the quality of sleep, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help improve mood and deal with a chronic illness. Gentle exercise is also helpful for patients with chronic fatigue. Therefore, there are treatments to help treat the symptoms but there is no cure.

     

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