You have chronic fatigue and have experimented with various drugs available in the medical industry in order to keep yourself active as much as possible. You may believe that you have already done too much within your power to cope with the pain, and that any of the treatments cannot fit your lifestyle. If you believe this, consider a new different approach that can open up some fresh possibilities to change.
One of the most troubling aspects of having chronic fatigue is that it is difficult to find a knowledgeable and sensitive physician who can diagnose and treat the condition. The skepticism of some doctors can be devastating more than the illness itself. These physicians don’t believe in chronic fatigue or may refuse to provide treatment. Secondly, physicians may not offer any real help because they don’t know what to do. As a whole, physicians are more comfortable with medical problems that are revealed through lab tests and respond well to medications and surgeries. The bottom line is that physicians simply don’t want to spend their time because the difficulties in diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care is too much in most instances.
If you have too many obligations that making a lifestyle change is impossible, there are certain things you need to do in order to survive and keep your family well. For example, taking 30 minutes out of your day to do some relaxation techniques even with your eyes open can be very helpful. Similarly, even if your work schedule is tight, you can still pace your activities throughout the day by breaking them down into manageable portions that you can so in a relaxed manner. Clearly, the more flexible your work schedule, the easier it will be to incorporate these practices to reduce fatigue.
Combining Medical and Behavioral Approaches
For chronic fatigue, another best approach is to combine medical and behavioral aspects to some degree and treat the patient accordingly. Behavioral assessment is crucial in identifying the patient’s lifestyle factors and help sustain illness. Ideally, physicians and psychologists should work together with patients addressing both the aspects simultaneously. Establishing a therapeutic alliance this way is a basic but necessary step. The question at this point is – where do I find such a doctor? For this, contact your local chronic fatigue support organization – they should be able to provide appropriate referrals in your area.