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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:

Currently, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of CFS.

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Management of CFS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/cfs/management/index.html. Updated May 14, 2012. Accessed June 1, 2017.

Prins JB, van der Meer JW, Bleijenberg G. Chronic fatigue syndrome. Lancet. 2006;367(9507):346-355.

Last reviewed May 2017 by James P. Cornell, MD  Last Updated: 12/20/2014