Most all physicians recognize the danger of ME/CFS patients getting into a “push and crash” cycle. As soon as someone realizes they have ME/CFS, care should be taken to pace the activity throughout the day based on the level of ability at that time. This will allow some rest time for recovery after activity, including mental activity. As a person is more able, the length of time and level of activity may be increased. Any exertion will likely exacerbate symptoms and any activity should be stopped before the patient feels the fatigue or other symptoms.
Suddenly having a disabling chronic illness can be a shock. You might benefit from learning the symptoms, attitude and behavior phases most patients go through from the point of onset to resolution. About half of ME/CFS patients will experience depression at some point as a result of the great loss and frustration the debilitation causes or possibly as a result of chemical changes in the brain caused by the disease. If that occurs, then psychological therapy and/or pharmacological treatments for depression may be appropriate.
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