ME treatments

There is, as yet, no cure or universal treatment for ME; there is only individual treatment for specific symptoms. However, there are some steps that you can take which may help:

  • Aggressive rest, especially in the early stages and during relapses, is the one therapy universally agreed upon as key in the management of ME;

  • Pacing, which means staying within your ‘energy envelope’ by managing your activities as best you can to avoid the push-crash cycle of relapsing symptoms;

  • Some minimal exercise is encouraged, but always stay within your energy limits, even it means only gentle stretching and very short walks, if possible;

  • A healthy diet seems to help some patients. Since some people develop food sensitivities, it may be helpful to experiment with diet to discover which are better tolerated and which should be avoided;

  • Work with your medical professional to obtain appropriate medical support for sleep disturbances, unmanageable pain, reactive depression, any nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, and/or to assist you with lifestyle changes needed to manage a chronic illness;

  • Join a support group to relieve the isolation and loneliness which ME can create, and to learn more about the illness and how others cope with it.

 

  • Above all, when you are feeling a bit better, avoid the temptation to catch up with unfinished tasks as this is likely to cause a relapse. Slowly build up your activity levels gradually and listen to your body when it tells you to rest. It is crucial to recognize your limits and not push beyond them.