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Stepping in to the 'minefield' of finding the right treatment for CFS

Tuesday 30 June 2009

The Healthier Life

The Healthier Life has an article about negotiating the muddy waters of so many different treatment options available for ME/CFS:

What are the treatment options for someone suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis CFS/ME? Part of the answer probably lies with the doctor that gave the diagnosis or whether a medical diagnosis has been made at all. (Most sufferers still struggle to get their condition recognised by their GP and travel from doctor to doctor in an effort to get a proper diagnosis.) If you are lucky enough to get a sympathetic doctor and a positive diagnosis, you can start with treatment. But where do you begin? CFS/ME is after all a multi-level illness...

I spoke to one of our regular readers two weeks ago, who also happens to be a CFS/ME sufferer. Greg said to me: ‘I look forward to the potential treatments article for CFS/ME, which I hope will not be too much of a minefield, as none of them come without a great deal of controversy.’

‘Minefield’ is a bit of an understatement, dear Greg. As difficult as it is to find answers regarding the cause of CFS/ME it’s doubly hard to find an all encompassing treatment for it. Whilst doing research for this particular article I kept on thinking: I thank my lucky stars I’m not suffering from CFS/ME. It must be so discouraging not to know exactly what causes it and then to also face the challenge of trying to find a treatment that closely fits your individual symptoms and diagnosis.

Hat full of tricks

So what are the treatment options for someone suffering from CFS/ME? Part of the answer probably lies with the doctor that gave the diagnosis or whether a medical diagnosis has been made at all. (Most sufferers still struggle to get their condition recognised by their GP and travel from doctor to doctor in an effort to get a proper diagnosis.)

If you are lucky enough to get a sympathetic doctor and a positive diagnosis, you can start with treatment. But where do you begin? CFS/ME is after all a multi-level illness...

You can read the full article here.

 


 

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