Treatment approach

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex, multi-symptom illness that currently has no cure, and no FDA approved drug treatments. The main treatment approach is to ameliorate symptoms as much as possible, through Western medicine (e.g., drugs) and/or nontraditional approaches (e.g., diet, supplements, acupuncture).

Medications should be introduced slowly, since many pediatric patients with ME/CFS respond to lower than standard doses.

In addition, patient self-management is very important for quality of life. Good sleep hygiene, learning to pace oneself in order to avoid post-exertional malaise and relapses, and developing coping skills can all be helpful.

The publications in More resources below have extensive information about treatments.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a three page summary of management and treatment approaches.