Improving Your Life Despite Chronic Fatigue
- Holistic Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diet Treatments
- Improve Your Fatigue Coping Skills. Focus on the Bright Side
- Exercise “Just Right”: The Goldilocks Theory
- Mind-Body Medicine. Reduce Fatigue With Relaxation Skills
- Sleep Better. Feel Better
- Physical Therapy for CFS
- Natural Treatments for Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), HHV-6 and other Immune Stressors
Holistic Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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Although a subset of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients may improve with anti-viral medicines, for most, we lack such a straightforward approach. But multiple small steps—a holistic approach to treat fatigue - often makes a major difference for how you feel and function. Holistic medicine for CFS combines the selective use of medicines and mind-body skills, along with support for the body’s natural healing systems. Holistic treatment for fatigue also goes by other names including alternative medicine, complementary medicine, mind-body medicine and natural healing. Their concepts are similar.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diet Treatments
Nothing magical for most—less sugar, less fat, more colored fruits and vegetables. A few people do better by eliminating sensitive foods e.g. wheat gluten, milk casein or other “food allergies”. For people with Fibromyalgia pain, avoid MSG and aspartate/Nutrasweet containing sweeteners. For those with enough energy and ambition to do an elimination diet for one month, this Comprehensive Elimination Diet sometimes makes an important difference.
Improve Your Fatigue Coping Skills. Focus on the Bright Side
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a counseling technique that prompts you to ask this very important question—Can I reframe my situation to see things in a more favorable light? Is the glass half full or is it half empty? Seeing the glass half full tends to support healing. Fixating on half-empty tends to do the opposite. The fact that CBT helps does not mean that your illness is “psychological”. Every chronic illness tends to induce negative thinking. Positive thinking almost always helps.
The good news! it’s surprisingly easy to train yourself to look for and find the bright side. It’s not all that difficult and doesn’t take long. We offer a brief course of CBT through our office. A good CBT workbook is the Feeling Good series by David Burns, M.D. Another is Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman, Ph.D.
Exercise “Just Right”: The Goldilocks Theory
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If you have chronic fatigue, you already know that too much exercise usually makes you worse. But, too little exercise is also very bad. Your muscles get flabby. We help you find an exercise level that’s just right for you.
Contact Dr. Podell for information about holistic treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome.
Mind-Body Medicine. Reduce Fatigue With Relaxation Skills
There are many paths to deep relaxation. These include slow deep diaphragmatic breathing, meditation, yoga, self-hypnosis, prayer, pleasant music, muscle-tension/relaxation, and HeartMath. All these techniques work. Try one “religiously” for 10 to 20 minutes each day for a 30-day trial. Most people find that it helps them a lot. Our office teaches several kinds of relaxation skills.
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Sleep Better. Feel Better
Most people with CFS don’t feel well-rested after sleeping. Roughly 10% have specifically treatable sleep disorders such as sleep apnea or periodic leg movement disorder. If present, treating these conditions can be important. When appropriate we may recommend a formal sleep study. Insomnia is also often a problem. Natural sleep aides and/or medicines can help. However, for some individuals behavioral techniques can be a treatment of choice. Gary Goldberg, PhD runs a 6 to 8 session sleep improvement course that our office recommends.
Physical Therapy for CFS
Most of our CFS patients also struggle with chronic muscle pain/Fibromyalgia. A highly skilled and interested physical therapist can make an important difference. We especially recommend Carol Cote, P.T. and her colleagues at North Jersey Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. at 95 Madison Avenue, Morristown, NJ (973) 538-8877. They are highly skilled using a very valuable new technique known as dry needling.
Contact us today if you have questions about a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diet.
Natural Treatments for Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), HHV-6 and other Immune Stressors
Much research shows that better sleep, properly paced exercise, relaxation therapies, nutritional supplements and other holistic treatments help support our immune system’s function. While not cures by themselves, holistic therapies act as natural add-ons for the body’s ability to heal the harms caused by Epstein-Barr virus, HHV-6 and other immune stressors.
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., a leading holistic specialist on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has written extensively to inform patients. I don’t necessarily endorse all his specific recommendations, but Dr. Teitelbaum’s perspective is often useful.
Reframing Perpectives/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:David Burns, M.D. has devoted his career to making practical psychological self-help techniques easily accessible. His guidebook, Feeling Good, has sold millions of copies.
For Orthostatic Low Blood Pressure and POTS Syndrome please view information from a interview with Dr. Rowe of Johns Hopkins Hospital which includes the actual video interview. He is leading researcher on blood pressure and heart rate abnormalities among persons with CFS
Contact us if you have questions on natural treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.