Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extremely high levels of fatigue. This syndrome may last for months and generally worsens with mental or physical activity. Just taking rest might not be completely effective against CFS.
While there is no single test or factor behind CFS, we approach the treatment by trying to reduce the extreme symptoms. This includes low-dose medications, sleep and behavior counseling, and low-intensity exercise regimens.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue
The symptoms of CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome might differ from person to person. The severity of the symptoms may also fluctuate on a daily basis.
The common symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome are:
- Concentration or memory problems
- Sore throat
- Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits or neck
- Joint or muscle pain
- Ineffective sleep
- High exhaustion after a mental or physical exercise
There is no single test or specific CFS treatment. Hence we focus on symptom relief treatment. We begin by addressing the most disabling and disruptive symptoms. Our experts test the symptoms of the patients and provide them with the required treatment according to their diagnosis.
Our treatment process includes:
- Low doses of antidepressants for improving sleep and pain relief
- Over-the-counter medications, such as Naproxen Sodium (Aleve), and Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others)
- Prescription drugs, such as Duloxetine (Cymbalta), Gabapentin or Amitriptyline (Neurontin), and Pregabalin (Lyrica) to relieve pain
- Counseling: When required, our expert counselors talk with the patients to help them build their coping skills, address their workplace limitations, and help improve their relationships with family and friends.
- Addressing sleep problems: The doctors might suggest that the patients avoid caffeine and change bedtime routines. Sleep apnea is treated through a machine that helps in delivering air pressure through a mask while the patient is asleep.
- Exercise regimens: Our experts suggest low-intensity exercise regimens, which gradually increase over time. Aggressive exercising can lead to the worsening of the symptoms. Hence, the suggested activities are according to the tolerance level of the patient.