After the Settlement: Treatment Options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

After the Settlement: Treatment Options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A long term disability settlement can offer some invaluable peace of mind, but it is only one step on a much longer recovery journey. In that regard, the settlement is a tool that provides you with the time and resources you need to focus on your health. The ultimate goal is to find a way to manage your condition so you can get back to work and your regular routine.

So what happens after you settle your claim with your insurance provider? The answer will largely depend on the nature of your disability. You’ll want to consult with your doctor to come up with a treatment strategy that alleviates your current symptoms, even if there is no guaranteed cure for your condition.

In the case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, your doctor will likely recommend a multi-pronged approach that could include therapy, medication, moderate exercise, and cognitive training. People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will not feel rested regardless of the amount of sleep they get. The condition is also associated with pain, depression, and memory and concentration problems. Those with post-exertional malaise, in particular, can become extremely fatigued after only moderate exertion.

The specific nature of your treatment plan will depend on which of those symptoms are having the most detrimental impact on your quality of life. For example, if you’re struggling with post-exertional malaise, you may need to find a way to manage your daily activities and to break tasks like cooking and cleaning into smaller chunks to make sure you don’t exceed your limits. Cognitive training can help you build coping mechanisms and mental workarounds that will allow you to take control of your routine.

Therapy and medication, meanwhile, can address some of the other symptoms that go along with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Due to the disruption, people with the condition often experience mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Speaking with a trained therapist can make those feelings easier to process. Massage, stretching, deep breathing, and other techniques can be similarly effective as a form of stress relief.

Medication can help with general aches and pains, and a doctor may consider over the counter or prescription sleep aids. However, you won’t want to rely too heavily on pills. It’s important to cultivate healthy sleeping habits to give yourself a better chance to wake up feeling rested.

A gentle exercise routine will also allow you to develop more endurance and stamina over time, although you should not engage in any physical activity without first consulting with your physician. Through exercise, you will gradually expand your physical limitations, so you can accomplish more without becoming tired. You just need to remember that there is a high chance of exceeding those limitations unless you are carefully monitoring your level of exertion, especially in the early stages of treatment.

The point is that while there may not be a cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, there are many ways to approach treatment, and a long term disability settlement will give you the opportunity to explore your options. Nothing is more important than your health, so don’t be afraid to reach out to Share Lawyers if you’re concerned about your claim!

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