You can treat chronic fatigue syndrome, person signs and symptoms are managed. For instance, mainly because a patient with CFS aggravates his condition by getting physical and mental stress, then doctors advise him to slow down in generating activities of daily living. The goal for this chronic fatigue treatment just isn't to have a complete sleep but to preserve a moderate level of physical exercise so that you can increase your stamina.

Pain relief treatment

Another one is relating to pain. To manage this without having the use of pharmacology, patients are recommended for getting deep breathing exercises so that you can release the body's natural pain killers known as encephalin and endorphins.

Diverting one's attention from pain can also help, like encouraging the patient to watch television and listen to music. Pharmacological interventions include giving of no steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, and mefenamic acid, and giving of paracetamol.

Exercise programs are also part of chronic fatigue treatment. Initially, physical therapists exercise you slowly, then the exercises turn into additional difficult as extended as you can tolerate it. Based on research, gradual improve in exercising improves the symptoms on the disorder.

Since psychiatric well being is a lot related to CFS, rest problems and depression are also managed whenever possible. Tricycles' antidepressants or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are given to increase sleep, relieve pain, and minimize depression. Changing of rest habits might also help.

Patients are recommended to stick to a normal pattern of sleep by avoiding daytime naps, sleeping at the same time every night, and avoiding caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Along with this, cognitive behavior therapy can also be given so that healthcare providers may possibly identify bad beliefs and behaviors that may delay recovery. These damaging beliefs are often replaced with certain ones in this chronic fatigue treatment.

If the patient is hypertensive, certain drugs have been also given like fludrocortisones. If nervous method is affected, clonazepam can also be prescribed. And if a patient develops allergy-like symptoms, antihistamines will give.

Some experiment option for chronic fatigue treatment

Aside from these, there's an experimental chronic fatigue treatment being researched on. One of these may be the use of methylphenidate or generally known as Ritalin. It's mentioned that this drug may improve the level of concentration since it balances the neurotransmitters in the brain. Corticosteroids have been also discovered to increase the symptoms of CFS in some studies.

Even antiviral agents, immune globulins and interferons are being investigated on how they can be part of chronic fatigue treatment by boosting the immune system. On the other hand in some patients, some final results have been noted.

In conclusion, the treatment for CFS is not specific and it all depends symptoms experienced by an individual. It's very important for patients to jobs with their doctor, because most drugs given to them needs to be taken with precaution. Some of these drugs are psychiatric drugs; as a result there is certainly a side effect. Lastly, by no means, because it is often a serious illness and in some patients they even experienced for many years.

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  1. anabanana

    Headaches-Vertigo-Ear Problems-Back pain-TMJ all related. Where should I start? What Specialist?
    I have had serious health problems like ovarian cancer which I don’t believe is related to the above problems I have.
    Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Auto Immune Disease, Sprained Lumbarsacral, Sciatic on both sides, TMJ. But my problem NOW TODAY is this horrible pain on the right side of my jaw/ear that it throbbing and its driving me nuts. My Family Pract. sent me to an Internalist but I cancelled the appt. Is this who I should see? Im more wholistic medicine not a pill popper. HELP!

    Direct me – It may be lack of Magnesium and exercise. I had a hysterectomy (4th major laporatomy since 1997) April 4th this year and Im just starting to exercise. My massage Therapist wont see me until Im 8-10 months recovered. So he can work on my pelvic/stomach area. Im starting to work out this weekend doing the CORE system. Hopefully that will help.

    1. Elle_W

      You can see a dentist who specializes in TMJ about treatment options – it does not have to be surgery. They can show you exercises and discuss a mouth guard. The fibromyalgia is probably related.

      I see a neurologist. I began seeing him for migraines and that’s when I found out I had TMJ and fibromyalgia. He has made a huge difference in my life, but it has been through medication. He could also help you with sciatica.

      Your back may be due to your hysterectomy – any injury to the front causes increased strain to the back, so that may clear up on its own, plus with strengthening exercises.

      Good luck.

  2. irishpoetslove

    I am looking for options, suggestions for fibromyalgia treatment.?
    I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia as a result of an allergic reaction. I have significant swelling in my joints, which seem to be closely associated with changes in weather or severe weather. Most everything I read about fibromyalgia talks about muscle issues, but mine is purely in the joints, though I did react pretty strongly to the ‘pressure points’ indicative of this disease. I cannot live forever on pain killers and anti-inflammatories.

    1. vidodido

      Currently, there is no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are many steps you can take to understand your condition and manage your symptoms. Treatment is focused on managing pain, fatigue, depression, and other symptoms common in fibromyalgia in an attempt to break the cycle of increased sensitivity to pain and decreased physical activity. Every person may respond to a different combination of treatments.

      Treatment may include:

      Medicines to help you sleep better, relax muscles, or relieve muscle and joint pain. Medicines your doctor may suggest include tricyclic antidepressants, SSRIs, muscle relaxants such as cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), anticonvulsants (also called antiepileptics), mixed (or dual) reuptake inhibitors or, less often, nonprescription pain relievers.
      Exercise therapy to relieve sore muscles and increase energy.
      Cognitive-behavioral therapy to help you learn to manage your pain.
      Home treatment is also a vital part of managing fibromyalgia. Your efforts to get regular exercise, improve your sleep habits, and reduce stress are as important to your treatment as any medication your doctor may prescribe.

  3. Aisling

    What is the best course of action for an Inguinal Hernia?
    My husband has recently been diagnosed with an Inguinal Hernia. He is 43 and works in construction and believes it may have been caused by heavy lifting at work. It is extremely painful, particularly when he’s standing. He has seen a doctor but he is wondering if anyone has had the same experience, if surgical procedure is the only option, what that entails and what the pros and cons of such a procedure are. Any other advice/tips would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

    1. BeiYin *The People Whisperer*

      When I was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia about six years ago, the med. doctor suggested immediate surgery as the only option. I just had gone through several years of Fibromyalgia and with my experience with the health system, I couldn’t trust doctors anymore. So I rejected surgery and investigated about alternative healing ways. There was nothing! Even alternative healers told me that only surgery would be the solution. I searched the Internet for about half a year, then I had a kind of treatment together and followed it strictly. After about another half a year I was completely healed, – without surgery and without the help of any med. doctor! This is now more than five years ago and no symptoms have been coming back. I can work hard and lift heavy weights, no problem! During my healing process I have written a report about my search and my treatment and you can read it, link below. I am now 76 years old and working full time, not always easy, especially in this present summer heat, but I ensure you that I’m not crazy. It’s only logical that if I have healed myself, then others also can do it! I have explained that it is necessary to include ones whole being into the healing process, but sadly hardly anybody listen, they all want a quick fix and not take self responsibility and engage themselves. So then healing is not possible. I have created a google hernia support group, but I left this group, because when I said essential thing of importance, then these were ignored. People there were just turning around their symptoms…
      The established view about disease in general is so strong, that hardly any body can get out of this total dependency. Search the Internet, now you will find some hints for alternative healing. It is up to you what you do with it…

    1. kdr_cmt

      Unfortunately there is no known cure for fibromyalgia at this time.

      Studies have shown that fibro sufferers who receive regular massages find more relief than those who do not. It can be expensive, but there are ways to make it less of a financial setback. First, check with your insurance provider and see if massage is a covered treatment option and if so, what you need to do to get it covered. If not, look for a massage school in your area. Students need so many practical hours in order to complete their training and their services are quite cheap. They must pass tests in order to practice on the general public and there is always a qualified, experienced massage therapist on hand to assist if needed.

  4. Mike A

    Which is a better pain killer for chronic pain-Oxycodone or Methadone?
    Hi all, I’m a chronic pain patient with fibromyalgia, and possibly Mcardle’s disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. I was on Oxycontin 40 mgs, 4 times a day. I got off all Narcotics for a year, but the pain was too great and my doctor put me on Methadone 5 mgs twice a day( it was up to three times a day at one point.) But im still having pain. Is Oxycodone a stronger pain killer?

    1. Sparrow

      No- methadone is a stronger medication. Unfortunately, your physician doesn’t seem to understand it’s basic pharmacology, as methadone is a time released medication and only supposed to be taken once in 24 hours.
      This kind of thing, unfortunately, is what is threatening people’s right to this medication for opiate addiction treatment- not your fault,but something you should know,as your physicians is putting you at great risk, and providing you with terrible pain management options.
      I would strogly suggest looking for aother physician- methadone is a wonderful options with chronic pain, if used properly- and may help you a great deal once you’ve found someone who knows how to properly prescribe it- but it has other implications that may make milder medications more appropriate for you, especially in consideration of the doses you’re given. A little information of methadone:
      Methadone has two main uses:
      1) Severe pain: Methadone is used to treat severe, chronic & terminal pain. It works as a pain management drug because it is strong, but also time released- one dose holds you for 24 hours. Once a proper dose is determined, the patient does not develop increasing tolerance the way you would with other opiates, so you stay at the dose, instead of constantly needing higher doses for the same effect. Because it is such a strong medication, it is not used for mild pain easily treated with other narcotics, because it does cause dependency- if however, a patient will likely need pain meds the rest of their life, it makes sense to use methadone instead of other opiate pain killers that also cause dependence, and must be increased frequently & taken several times a day.

      2) The second use is for opiate addiction- MMT (Methadone Maintenance Treatment). It is one of the oldest & is the most successful treatment for opiate addiction

      I’m assuming you’re familiar, but in case not- opiate addiction, unlike other drugs, causes a physical dependence. If an addict suddenly stops using opiates, they become severely ill. Methadone is an opioid agonist- not an opiate, but a synthetic drug that works on the same receptors in the brain that opiates do, and therefor “tricks” the brain into thinking it’s getting opiates.
      There is a lot of science behind it- but the long and short of it is that our bodies produce endorphins- natural pain killers- in small amounts, as needed. Opiates- drugs derived from the poppy plant- (heroin, vicodin, Darvon, oxycontin, morphine, dilaudid, etc.)- when taken, cause an influx of these endorphins. When a person takes opiates on a regular basis, the human body, which is extremely adept at conserving it’s natural resources- recognizes that the person is providing them with more than enough synthetic endorphins through opiates- and the body stops producing it’s small amounts. So when an opiate addict suddenly stops using opiates, the body goes into an endorphin-deficiency, causing the person to become very ill.
      Until the last decade, addiction was not recognized as a disease. Since then, the medical community has found evidence of “addictive” genes, in the form of THIQ- a chemical produced from opiates & alcohol by certain people thought to contain the addictive gene. Those without the Addictive gene don’t process the opiates or alcohol the same way, and therefore, do not turn any portion of them into THIQ, the way a person with the addictive gene does. THIQ is believed to be part of the reason that an addictive-prone person develops such strong cravings & is unable to stop using, compared to the non-addictive prone.

      Methadone, when used to treat opiate addiction, and taken in the prescribed, stabilization dose, does NOT impair cognitive ability, motor function, or logic. The very basis of why methadone has been successful in treating opiate addicts is because it works in a time released capacity- rendering it incapable of producing feelings of euphoria or, in laymen’s terms, unable to get you high.
      Now- someone who has never taken methadone before, who takes a large enough dose, may experience marked drowsiness- but that’s why Methadone Maintenance Clinics (MMT) follow strict regulations that entail starting every new patient/opiate addict off at the very low dose of 20-30mg, regardless of their height, weight, or tolerance level to opiates. From there, each patient is seen by the clinic physician on a weekly basis, and given the small increase of 2 -5 mg once a week, until they are “stabilized”- meaning they’re feeling normal- not in acute physical withdrawal from the sudden lack of opiates in their system. From that point on, there is a blood test called a peak and trough, that measures the serum levels of the methadone in the patient, to ensure their dose is of a therapeutic level, and not so high as to cause drowsiness. It varies by patient, but anywhere from 65mg-300mg is average.

      There has been a lot of propaganda in the press lately about the dangers of Methadone- the bulk of which is directly related to a few celebrity deaths that were caused by the mixing of methadone and alcohol, or methadone & other medications. What is not so well known is that NONE- ZERO- of those cases involved opiate addicts taking methadone in a methadone maintenance program. All of them were the result of a personal physician prescribing methadone for pain, to patients who abused the medication by taking it with other drugs, creating a lethal reaction.

      The Harrison Drug Act made it illegal for physicians- general practitioners- to prescribe methadone to patients for opiate addiction. Only MMT clinics, which are strictly regulated, may prescribe it for addiction. MMT clinics require frequent, SUPERVISED, random drug screens (so anyone on methadone for opiate addiction cannot be abusing other meds, or they would be kicked off the program); as well as one on one counseling, group treatments, state required classes, state required physicals and blood tests, as well as anything else the individual’s counselor feels they need. They must complete treatment plans and goals on a monthly basis, demonstrating they are moving forward with employment, housing, etc., and they are not permitted to take many medications, even when prescribed by a physician, if there is any chance of an interaction. For example, benzodiazepines are well known for their ability to interact with methadone in a way that induced euphoria- (i.e., a buzz)- and are a major no-no. The MMT clinic will prescribe another medication that will not interact, if necessary, but using the benzo’s will result in being kicked off the program. A general practitioner, on the other hand, can prescribe methadone to whomever he sees fit for pain management, and there are no other regulations.

      Hope this helps- if you have any other questions and can’t find the answers in the resources below, feel free to email me- i run a website & group for MMT based advocacy and client rights and we have a strong group of RN’s,Physicians, Counselors,and MMT users/methadone for chronic pain users that will be happy to help. best of luck to you-

  5. jrdoubleu34

    Are there any treatments available for PTSD and chronic pain?
    I have been taking percocet for pain. I have taken motrin, advil, tylenol #1 but I am looking to find something that is noon-narcotic but effective. The percocet works for me but I know it is addicting and I want a better treatment option.

  6. CJHall

    what is the difference between a pain management doctor and a orthopedic doctor?
    I have bone spurs degenerating arthritis and herniated disc in my neck. how can ether of these doctors help?

    1. gizmo2

      A pain management doctor deals only with your pain. They will do their best to work with you on finding the right pain medicine, in the right combinations, to help you manage your pain so you can try to live a happier and less painful existence.

      An Orthopedic doctor deals with the causes/reasons for your pain. Like the spurs,arthritis,and herniated disk. He will give you treatment options as to whether you need surgery, the severity of your problems, what you can or can’t do to fix/or help them get better,recommend physical therapy if necessary, and things like that.

      They both will Play a vital role in your treatment and recovery as they work together in their different Fields of expertise to get you feeling the best you possibly can..

      Good Luck and God Bless! I know some of what you are going through myself, I see lots of doctors for the treatment of my Crohns disease,fibromyalgia,bad knees,sciatica,and shoulder problems & anxiety issues. May we both see better, healthier, & happier days ahead!

  7. famousbusinessguy

    Could you please explain how homeopathy and acupuncture work? Which one is better?
    I would really appreciate it if you supply references and websites, too. Thanl you!
    Wow! You guys really came through on this question!

  8. Christina

    Info and helpful tips for fibromyalgia?
    I was diagnosed yesterday, and still don’t know much about it at all.. i googled it but the answers were in high-tech medical speak, (aka i understand none of it). are there any other treatment options other than medications? My doctors is running a month long trial putting me on 10mg of amitriptyline every night to help with the insomnia and headaches.

    thanks xoxox

    1. Nox

      Lightly excercise! Believe me I know how much it can hurt and the stiffness that can follow but if you excercise- swimming is low impact and it will relax your joints and muscles- you will feel a lot better.

      Mentally chronic pain is bad for the mind and inevitably it will get you that way at least once. Be sure to find an outlet, something that you are good at and makes you feel good about. Crafts, sewing, cooking, etc. are all good.

      Heat relieves muscle pain and is a relaxant- if you are stiff use this. If you are inflamed, use ice packs- while it will calm down the inflammation it will cause your muscles to be stiff.

  9. Diana

    What do I do if I have severe sufferings and pains everyday, but doctors give me no effective treatments?
    I have numerous conditions that cause me great discomfort and pains everyday day of my life. I’ve seen numerous doctors cause of these conditions but they do little or nothing because they are not fatal. This seems very unfair to me and I was wondering if this is grounds to sue and take them to court. I don’t know what to do and I am in pain and discomfort now as I speak. What should I do to get rid of all these conditions and illnesses? I want to live peacefully and I have a hard time falling asleep cause of all this.

    1. slowhandfan

      You’ve made your question difficult to answer. You say you have numerous “conditions,” “great discomfort,” and that you are in pain. This is very broad. Please be more specific in describing these “conditions, discomforts and pains.”
      Where are the conditions and pain located?
      What type of pain is it? Stabbing, throbbing, shooting, etc?
      Do certain activities aggravate the pain or do some things help it?

      As for suing the doctors, I’ve had 3 fairly rare diseases in the past 15 years, which in total took 5 years to get proper diagnosis’. No, suing the doctors who were unable to help me or even take me seriously was not an option, and I can’t imagine that you could have success with that either. If docs were sued for each time they did not have a diagnosis for a medical condition, they would be out of practice.
      I recommend if you haven’t done so already to get to a pain management clinic, which is the last stop for people like you with numerous mysterious complaints without answers.
      Also, you neglected to mention what, if any tests or treatments have been performed by the doctors, such as medications prescribed, MRI’s, blood tests, etc.
      Another specialist that can help when all else fails is a Physiatrist. That is Physiatrist, not Psychiatrist. The physiatrist specializes in pain complaints of the body. It took me 2 years of going to different doctors before finally getting a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia by a physiatrist. Good luck!

  10. Liv96

    Books for writers on how to motivate yourself?
    I live with a writer who is clinically depressed. Since their diagnosis a few years ago, their creativity and motivation has been drained. Are there any books out there that deal with this kind of stuff?

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