How can I treat chronic fatigue syndrome?Mental Health Psychiatry Health & Fitness TCM
I know that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)/myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is a "controversial illness", and not all Doctors recognise it. However, I would to find out more about how I can treat it. How do I find a doctor who can diagnose and treat CFS/ME? Is there a specialist in Singapore I could go to see?
I am sorry to hear about your symptoms. CFS/ME is usually something that is diagnosed after alternatives have been excluded.
This includes low vitamin D, anaemia, hypothyroidism, inflammatory arthritis etc.
Typical symptoms of CFS/ME can include muscle aches, general tiredness, low mood, low energy and joint symptoms.
The challenge in CFS/ME comes from the overlap between physical and psychological symptoms - something that not everyone is comfortable with managing and hence your initial statement that not all doctors recognise it.
One of the important steps in helping someone with CFS/ME is recognising that their symptoms are real and that they do not want to feel as they do.
Often, there is not a "quick fix" to this condition and it requires a mixture of patience, pain relief, psychological input, exercise and a supportive physician.
During treatment, there can be ups and downs, with times of significant improvement and others when symptoms are so bad that you are unable to get out of bed. Sometimes, patients can have symptoms for years before things improve.
I would suggest a combined treatment approach with a MSK physician who understands your condition, together with a physiotherapist, psychologist and dietician.
Here in Singapore, other treatments such as acupuncture can also help. Together this team can help manage your symptoms and over time, you may be able to overcome this condition with their support.
The time frame cannot be predicted, but regular support and contact is essential.
I hope this helps answer your question and please let me know you have any further.
In TCM theory, chronic fatigue syndrome often indicates that the body lacks of “Qi”, “Yin”, “Yang” or blood. With “Qi” and blood deficiency, the organs in our body lacks of nourishment to work efficiently, leading to fatigue. Some patients may lack of “Yang” in the body, causing “dampness” to form. When the “dampness” in the body is not eliminated, it can also cause one to be fatigue.
Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome can seek help from professional TCM physicians. They will prescribe medicine based on the patients’ constituency after assessing his/her conditions. External treatment such as acupuncture and cupping can also be used to improve the patient’s condition.
Patient with chronic fatigue syndrome are advised to have a balanced lifestyle, exercise regularly and prevent from staying up late at night.