The treatment methods for CFS vary greatly depending on the doctor’s assessment of the patient and the severity of the symptoms. Many treatment plans combine medications, behavioral and physical therapy, and diet/lifestyle changes.
The following medications are available to help control CFS symptoms:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs), which can help manage pain. These include:
Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which serve as a mood regulator. These include:
COX-2 Inhibitors, which serve an anti-inflammatory purpose in the body. The most common of COX-2 inhibitors is Celecoxib (Celebrex).
- Stimulants, which can help with CFS symptoms related to ability to focus and short term memory loss. These include:
In addition to medication, a range of therapies may also be useful in managing CFS symptoms. These include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which can assist patients in managing the stress of symptoms and reorganizing their lives around their new limitations. CBT typically spans a few months and can involve building management skills, maintaining a positive psyche, and learning how to confront and resolve CFS-related conflicts.
- Graded exercise. Some patients report success with programs that gradually increase their level of physical activity until overall energy levels increase.
- Dietary therapy.Healthcare professionals will most likely recommend maintaining a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, fiber-rich foods, and lean proteins. This can help the body maintain overall good health.