Fast Five Quiz: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


January 01, 2022

Cognitive-behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy were recommended for ME/CFS in the past. However, studies supporting those approaches have been widely criticized. New recommended nonpharmacologic approaches to conserve energy and to minimize postexertional malaise in 2021 consensus recommendations include:

  • Pacing of physical and cognitive activity

  • Use of assistive devices, such as motorized scooters, handicap parking stickers, and shower chairs to conserve energy

  • Use of home health aides for those who are more severely ill

  • Use of ear plugs, eye masks, and perfume-free environments to decrease sensory stimulation

  • School or work accommodations, such as flexible hours and shortened days

Read more on the recommendations for ME/CFS treatment.