Category Archives: Chronic Fatigue Treatments

How to Exercise with CFS

This article provides sound reasoning as to why exercise is an important aspect of coping with CFS.

“Most of us with FMS and/or ME/CFS have been unable to maintain a regular exercise program. The problem is that with Fibromyalgia, lack of exercise can increase our pain levels while too much exercise or exercise done incorrectly can also increase our pain and fatigue.

In the case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or ME, as the body becomes deconditioned, the CFS worsens and as the CFS gets worse, it becomes more difficult to exercise leading to further deconditioning. The autonomic nervous system that is already not functioning well in ME/CFS becomes even more problematic with lack of tone in the legs and lower body. This lack of tone allows blood to pool and upon standing the blood does not get pumped back up to the brain efficiently. This can cause dizziness and faintness immediately upon standing, but can also cause problems as long as 15-20 minutes later. Exercise strengthens the lower legs and abdomen and doesn’t allow as much “space” for blood to pool and therefore prevents some of the dizziness and weakness that we may experience.”

To take a look at the full article follow this link.

Desire to Heal

Serious Barriers to Care for Children with ME/CFS in the UK published this rather damning comparison of NICE recommendations when compared to what was actually delivered.  The headline observations included:

“National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend referral to specialist services:

• Immediately if severely affected,
• Within 3 months if moderately affected
• And within 6 months if mildly affected.

However, the median time-to-assessment by a specialist service in the UK is 18 months.”

To read the overview go or for the full report go to