Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Edition 2

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Overview

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) remains one of the most controversial illnesses, both in terms of its causes, and the best ways to treat the illness. For years, sufferers have had to deal with scepticism from their families, employers, and even health care professionals. The vast amount of conflicting advice that has been published up to now has served only to confuse sufferers, and professionals, even more. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Facts presents a compassionate guide to this illness, providing sufferers and their families, with practical advice, based solely on scientific evidence. It is unique in being written by both a sufferer and a physician, both of whom have had extensive experience of talking to, and helping, patients. Included in the book is a detailed guide to self-help, written from a patient's perspective, but evidence-based. The book also deals with a number of special issues, advising on how to choose therapies and therapists, and how to deal with CFS in children. The book additionally includes an overview of the history of the illness, looking at the nature and causes of CFS, and the opportunities for the future. The book will be invaluable for sufferers from CFS, their friends and families, and the numerous health professionals who come into contact with sufferers from this illness.

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Meet the Author

Frankie Campling suffers from CFS/ME and provides telephone support for others like herself. Professor Michael Sharpe is a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Psychological Medicine at The University of Edinburgh. He runs specialist clinic services for CFS/ME and has published widely on the illness.

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Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Chronic fatigue syndrome: its nature, diagnosis, and treatment

1 Our aims in this section 3

2 What should it be called and why? 7

3 What is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)? 13

4 How is a diagnosis of CFS/ME made? 19

5 What other conditions is CFS/ME linked to? 25

6 What do we know about CFS/ME? 31

7 Making sense of what we know about the causes of CFS/ME 41

8 What is the best treatment? 49

9 Some myths about CFS/ME 57

10 Summary 61

Sect. 2 The idea of helping yourself

11 Introduction to self-help 65

12 Balancing rest and activity 67

13 Relaxation and calm breathing 71

14 Appropriate exercise 75

15 Improving your sleep 79

16 Getting the best from your food 83

17 Coping with pain 87

18 Difficulties with memory and concentration 91

19 A gradual increase in activity 95

20 What gets in the way of being sensible? 99

21 Improving your mood 105

22 Managing anxiety, panic, and depression 111

23 Managing your thinking 119

24 Dealing with problems 125

25 Better communication 131

26 Managing relationships and people 135

27 Getting the best from today 139

28 Managing employment 143

29 Thinking about the future 145

30 Summary of our self-help advice 151

Sect. 3 Special issues

31 Thinking about therapies and therapists, both medical and complementary/alternative 155

32 Cognitive behaviour therapy, graded exercise therapy, and adaptive pacing therapy 165

33 Children and young people with CFS/ME 173

App. 1 Medical glossary 181

App. 2 Keeping a diary 187

App. 3 Further information 191

Index 197

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