As with any chronic health problem, day-to-day management of your health is an extremely important part of making life as liveable as possible.
In addition to pacing which is one of the most important and currently the most effective management tool for ME/CFS, daily management of one’s individual symptoms is necessary for coping with ME/CFS. See the following links to commonly associated symptoms and their likely treatments or recommended treating medical professionals:
- Sleep disturbances
- Food intolerance
- Postural orthostatic intolerance
- Persistent/daily headaches (in progress)
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
While depression and anxiety are not strictly symptoms of ME/CFS, they can be associated with the illness. Not because they are the cause but can be the outcome of months and years of unrelenting debilitating illness. If you find yourself with feelings of hopelessness and struggle day-to-day to face the world there are several options for treatment. First of all, if you are feeling in a crisis situation you can call the following numbers for around the clock crisis advice and help:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36
- Kid’s Helpline 1800 55 1800
The page Depression, Anxiety And ME/CFS has information and advice for visits to GPs, referrals to psychiatrists and so on where you can get professional help on a short-term to long-term basis.