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Treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome focuses on symptom relief and lifestyle changes; there is currently no known cure. Many of those with CFS will get better over time, but some degree of illness may persist for years or for a lifetime. Experts recommend that patients track their energy levels and budget their time and activities. Eating well and getting regular amounts of moderate (but not excessive) exercise can help maintain functional abilities and improve a patient’s mood and ability to sleep. Support groups and counselling may help a patient deal with the physical, psychological, financial, and social frustrations their condition can cause.

Current strategies for relief of symptoms are targeted at improving the patient’s quality of sleep and relieving pain. Patients with CFS should work with their doctors to determine the best course of treatment for them. What works for one person may not work for another, and many with CFS are especially sensitive to medication side effects.

Last Review Date: April 1, 2018