How to help someone with chronic fatigue syndrome?
October 16, 2007 7:49 PM Subscribe
An older female relative who lives in the midwest has recently been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. She's been suffering from it for a few years already, so she's in bed most of the time at this point. What can I do to help?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (9 answers total)
I'd like to send her something to help out, but the amount of information on the web is overwhelming. What's recommended and would be good to try first? Natural nutritional supplements (nothing artificial please), tai chi videos, health diary, anything?
There are also very few doctors in the area that have experience with this disease and they all have waiting lists that are months long (her past doctors all told her to see a psychiatrist). Her husband is unsupportive (thinks if she just exercised more she'd be better) and English is not her first language. So if you have advice on anything she can do to cope in the meantime, that would be really helpful. I read somewhere that warm baths before bedtime help you sleep better?
I've set up a throwaway firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions. Thank you.