Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Clarkston
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a very misunderstood condition. Many medical practitioners refuse even to acknowledge that it exists. At Clarkston Medical Group, our decades of experience practicing medicine have taught us that chronic fatigue syndrome is very real, as is the toll it takes on the lives of patients and their loved ones. If you’re constantly tired and suspect chronic fatigue syndrome to be responsible, call our team in Clarkston, MI. We are ready to believe you.
Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
The most obvious symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome is in its name: fatigue. However, this degree of fatigue goes beyond ordinary tiredness. You may feel like you can’t get out of bed, even after a full night’s sleep. Other symptoms include:
- Becoming noticeably tired after physical or mental exertion (post-exertional malaise (PEM))
- Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
- The inability to get to sleep or stay asleep
- Muscle aches
- More frequent headaches
- Pain in the joints not accompanied by redness or swelling
- More frequent sore throats
- Tender or swollen lymph nodes in your neck and armpits
People with chronic fatigue syndrome often report periods of improvement or remission followed by short- or long-term relapses. This is one of many factors that can make chronic fatigue syndrome difficult to diagnose and treat. At Clarkston Medical Group, we promise you this: We won’t stop trying to help you get better.
Diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome
Strange as it may sound, the key to determining if you have chronic fatigue syndrome is determining that you don’t have one or more other conditions. To that end, your physician at Clarkston Medical Group may opt to run tests to rule out:
- Lyme disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Lupus (SLE)
- Major depressive disorder
If these are eliminated as the cause of your tiredness and malaise, we’ll go from there to determine the best course of treatment for you.
Treating chronic fatigue syndrome
Treating chronic fatigue syndrome can be difficult because a treatment protocol that works wonders for one patient will do absolutely nothing for another. It can take a few weeks or months of tinkering before you find the approach that works for you. In our experience, Clarkston Medical Group has found that the following treatments make the most difference for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome:
- Limiting or eliminating caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco
- Creating a consistent sleep routine—no mid-day napping
- Cognitive therapy
- Gentle exercise, such as tai chi or yoga
- Over-the-counter pain medications
In patients whose fatigue proves resistant to the above approaches, medications such as anti-depressants may be prescribed. Call our office in Clarkston, MI, for advice on how to treat your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome most effectively.
Call today to start treating your chronic fatigue syndrome.