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Neurofeedback and ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Disorder

neurofeedback and chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also called myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and ME/CFS

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which is now referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and that can’t be fully explained by an underlying medical condition. The fatigue worsens with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.1

Other characteristic symptoms include:

  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Orthostatic hypotension- dizziness that worsens when moving sitting to standing
  • Sore throats
  • Swollen lymph nodes

The CDC estimates that 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans suffer from ME/CFS.2

The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, although there are many theories — ranging from viral infections to psychological stress.

Pain Management with the Assistance of Neurofeedback

chronic painApproximately 20 percent of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8 percent had high-impact chronic pain—meaning pain that limited at least one major life activity—in 2016. Chronic pain has been linked to restricted mobility, opioid dependency, anxiety, depression, and reduced quality of life, and it contributes to an estimated $560 billion annually in direct medical costs, lost productivity, and disability programs in the United States alone.1

Chronic 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 2, as well as anxiety and insomnia 3.

Treatments for chronic pain include medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, acetaminophen, and opioids. Chronic pain is notoriously difficult to treat, and like many complex disorders is best handled by a team of health care practitioners. Neurofeedback, as well as physical therapy and acupuncture can be effective stand- alone treatments, as well as being synergistic with other modalities. Psychological treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy also have been shown to be helpful.