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Treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Since no cause for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been identified, the therapies for this disorder are directed at relief of your symptoms until you gradually recover. You and your doctor should work together to develop an individually tailored program that provides the greatest perceived benefit. Ideally, it will be based on a combination of therapies.
Treatment may involve the following:Lifestyle changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapiesOther treatments
Currently, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of CFS.
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 12/2015
- Update Date: 12/20/2014