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5 Tips For People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is a complex and long-term disorder characterized by extreme fatigue. Also, chronic fatigue is a symptom in fibromyalgia and other disorders, such as skeletal problems that interfere with your body movement. While the condition can affect an individual’s bodily functions as well as many aspects of life, there are still ways to live with it. If you are suffering from CFS/ME, here are some helpful tips for you:


1. Know Your Limits

 

Although you may be tempted to do as many - after all, you used to be able to do so much more - it is important that you pace yourself and get some rest when necessary. If you begin to feel signs of fatigue coming on while you are performing any daily task, you should stop what you are doing before your symptoms worsen. Overexertion means that you will have to spend more time recovering. Therefore, the smarter thing to do is to rest when needed. However, when you are feeling the surge of energy that seems to come out of nowhere, you may seize the opportunity to do things that you need to do.


2. Make Regular Visits to the Doctor

 

It is crucial that you make regular visits to your doctor. If your medical records are up to date, your doctor is more likely to provide you proper treatment. Moreover, you should choose an experienced doctor who specializes in this particular condition. If your doctor does not understand your symptoms and limitations, you may have to deal with mistakes and also poor advice. A doctor who truly understands your condition and what you are going through will be more likely to give you proper advice and treatments. This is particularly important if your condition is quite rare.


It can be helpful to bring a healthy caregiver, such as a family member who lives with you, to your doctor appointments. Sometimes, it can be difficult to explain your complex symptoms and what you are going through to your doctor. Also, your doctor may be more likely to judge your demeanor and tone of voice for signs of symptoms rather than actually listening to you. This is why a caregiver who understands your condition can help get the message across to the doctor.

3. Keep a Treatment and Medication Journal

 

If the treatment that you have been receiving for quite some time has failed, then you should not waste your time with it any longer. Instead, accept the fact that this particular treatment may not work for you and move on. It is recommended that you carry around a journal to record all treatments and medications that do not work for you. This is so that you will not have to repeat the same treatments and medications that have failed you again.


4. Keep a Food Diary

 

Your diet also plays a part in your condition as well. Food sensitivities and allergies can result from fibromyalgia and other chronic fatigue conditions. This is why you should keep a food diary with you so that you can write down what you have eaten and how you feel afterward. Also, note that some healthy foods that give other people energy may make you feel worse. Therefore, you should try to find out which foods you should avoid and ones that help improve your symptoms.


5. Keep Your Stress Levels in Check

 

Stress is not a good thing for anyone - even healthy individuals. For those who suffer from chronic fatigue, however, stress can be a major contributor to your symptoms. Although living with the condition is stressful enough, you can still keep your stress at bay by doing things that make you relaxed and avoid things or situations that will stress you out even further.




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