Health Tip: Managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Suggestions to help you cope
(HealthDay News) -- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can make even the simplest daily activities -- such as taking a shower or getting dressed -- completely exhausting, the Womenshealth.gov Web site says.
The site offers these suggestions for coping with CFS:
- Keep a log of your activities, and when your symptoms are worse.
- Avoid doing things that seem to worsen fatigue and other symptoms.
- Work with an occupational therapist to help you learn to do things in ways that conserve your energy.
- Compare how much energy you feel like you had during the day to how much energy you actually used. This may slowly help you gain more energy over time.
- Don't push yourself too hard physically, mentally or emotionally.
- Take any prescription and over-the-counter medications recommended by your doctor.
- Before trying any alternative therapies, such as yoga or massage, talk to your doctor first.
-- Diana Kohnle
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