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Neurofeedback and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

neurofeedback and chronic fatigue syndrome

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What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is a debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity. Symptoms affect several body systems and may include:

  • weakness
  • muscle pain
  • impaired memory and/or mental concentration
  • depression
  • insomnia, which can result in reduced participation in daily activities [1]

In Western medicine, there is no known cure. Symptoms are treated with medications like antidepressants and tranquilizers depending on the individual patient’s unique symptom presentation. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs help relieve muscle and joint aches that often accompany CFS. Fibromyalgia syndrome and CFS are often overlapping conditions.

Pain Management with the Assistance of Neurofeedback

chronic painChronic pain is notoriously difficult to treat, and like many complex disorders is best handled by a team of health care practitioners. Chronic (long lasting) pain is associated with a shorter life span, as well as co-morbidity with heart and respiratory disease. People with chronic pain tend to have higher rates of depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

In Western medicine, the first line of defense is opioid pain killers, which often come with side effects, and can cause other health problems. Psychological treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy have been shown to be helpful. With alternative therapies such as neurofeedback, acupuncture,  or yoga, pain can be managed without side effects, decreasing the need for medication, decreasing co-morbidity with other illnesses, and improving the patient’s overall quality of life.