Coping with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome everyday
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also known as CFS is a disease that is believed to affect more then a half of million people in America. People with CFS have extreme fatigue almost everyday. This kind of fatigue is not the kind that goes away after a nap or some rest. Instead, it limits your ability to do ordinary daily tasks and activities. Symptoms of CFS include fatigue that last 6 months or more and experiencing other problems such as memory problems, headaches, pain in muscles and joints without swelling or redness, sleep problems, sore throat, and tender lymph nodes. No one knows the causes of CFS and it does not have a cure. CFS is most common in women in there 40's and 50's, but anyone can have it. It can come and go or be constant. Some believe that CFS may occur after an infection, such as a cold or viral virus. They onset can be during a stressful event such as a loved ones loss, or can come on gradually without a clear starting point. It is important to try and get a diagnosis if you believe you have CFS. It can take years to get a diagnosis for CFS. The sooner the diagnosis the easier it will be to become educated on the disease and try and get CFS under control. Treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome focuses on a combination of different things to try and relieve signs and symptoms.
Coping with CFS
Once Diagnosed with CFS take control of your disease. As stated above, there is no cure found for CFS, so it is crucial in finding ways to manage and cope with CFS. Here are some of the many ways you can try and cope with CFS:
- Find a doctor that has a good amount of knowledge on CFS. It will be easier to get good tips and ways to treat the illness.
- Medication can help. You may need to "test' some the medications given to you for CFS. Some may only help at certain times throughout the day. You may take one medication at a specific time and another at a different time.
- Talk with your doctor about a special exercise plan. It is important you discuss this with your doctor because certain exercises, the amount of time, or even the time of day can make your symptoms much worse.
- Get dietary supplements or herbs into your diet. Certain supplements and herbs have been known to help the condition.
- Discuss with your doctor if there is a certain diet that can help with CFS. Find out what foods to include, as well as what foods to avoid.
- Avoid alcohol
- Stop smoking
- Seek out online discussion boards, or online chat rooms specifically designed to help the needs of CFS sufferers.
- Learn all you can about CFS. Educating yourself as best as possible can help you understand the disease better and get better control of it. If you live with chronic fatigue syndrome, you may as well live with it intelligently.
- If you don't feel comfortable talking openly with friends and family, talk with a professional counselor. They have been trained to help you. They will not judge you.
- Avoid as much stress and anxiety as possible. Stress and anxiety can trigger your CFS.
- Join a CFS group. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed guidelines to help you find a good CFS support group.
- Try and do things to stay as healthy as possible. Simple illnesses such as a cold, viral infections, bronchitis, etc., can result in CFS flares.
- Keep a special journal specifically to write down when you feel the most tired, energized, etc., throughout the day.
- Have a calendar to mark down specific dates and special events.
There are many ways to try and cope with chronic fatigue syndrome. Realize that the disease you have is real and find ways to get it under your control. Many CFS sufferers live a normal life. They just have to try and remember that they have boundaries and limitations.
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