Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Condition of extreme tiredness that may affect the entire body
  • Symptoms may include muscle weakness and persistent unexplained extreme tiredness and problems concentrating which last for at least one year
  • Cause unknown
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in young to middle aged adults
  • May be mild with few symptoms to severe and debilitating affecting quality of life

GENERAL THERAPY

  • Adjust schedule to take advantage of your more energetic times
  • Try not to overdo it when you are energetic
  • Get adequate rest, go to bed when sleepy and get up at same time every day
  • Get regular exercise, but not within 2 hours of bedtime
  • Take naps early in day if necessary
  • Reduce stress
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
    • Antihistamines
    • Decongestants

 

Treatment for hypotension:

  • Fludrocortisone acetate
  • Atenolol
  • Midodrine hydrochloride

 

Treatments for nervous system:

  • Clonazepam
  • Lorazepam
  • Alprazolam

 

ALTERNATIVE THERAPY

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Yoga

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco before bedtime
  • Keep bedroom at comfortable temperature
  • Avoid heavy meals in the evening
  • Graded exercises which starts out easy and progresses gradually are best

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF:

  • You have severe fatigue that last longer than 2 weeks, that limits your activities or does not improve with rest
  • Sleep problems that last longer than 1 or 2 months
  • You feel like you are depressed
  • Severe fatigue along with frequent urination, extreme thirst, weight loss, blurred vision

 

Schedule an Appointment

If you are not feeling well or are uncertain about a healthcare condition, see a doctor. It could save your life.

More Conditions

Schedule an Appointment

If you are not feeling well or are uncertain about a healthcare condition, see a doctor. It could save your life.

Whats new

Share your healthy summer snack recipe