4 Ways to Treat Muscle Pain From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

1. Medicate for Pain Relief

Treat muscle aches and pains that result from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) with medications as needed. Most people are able to take over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Speak to your doctor if these medicines upset your stomach or if they are not strong enough to ease some of your discomfort. Using a warm compress on the muscles that are bothering you can also provide some relief. A hot water bottle, warm washcloth or heating pad on the low setting may make your muscles feel better.

2. Try Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage may be a solution to your CFS-related muscle pain. Working the soft tissues that are prone to pain and tension can be very relaxing and a good way to relieve your stress as well as your aches. Ask your doctor to recommend a professional in your area who is licensed in therapeutic massage. Another more controversial treatment you can try is called therapeutic touch. The practitioners in this field, which is not standardized, hold their hands over your body in an effort to realign your body’s energy and spirit, without ever touching your skin. Some people who have chronic fatigue syndrome feel a decrease in muscle pain after a session of therapeutic touch, while others remain unaffected.

3. Eat Well and Rest

Making sure you are eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting enough rest can give you more energy and make you less prone to aches and pains. This may be easier said than done when you have a string of bad days in terms of the pain and low energy that chronic fatigue syndrome is known to produce. If getting to the supermarket is difficult for you, ask a friend or family member to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables that will be easy for you to eat without cooking a full meal every day. Consult your doctor if you seem to sleep a lot, yet don’t feel rested. People with CFS often have broken sleep, which in some cases can be effectively treated with an antidepressant drug.

4. Exercise as Much as You Can

Slow and steady exercise can help keep many CFS symptoms at bay and strengthen your muscles. Constant rest can make your muscles atrophy and ache even more. Don’t worry if you can’t move around a lot–do what you can without exhausting yourself. Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms are most often at their worst at the beginning of your illness and improve over time.