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Should Chronic Fatigue Syndrome be treated with prescription opioids?

  • Absolutely, if the patient has severe pain

    Many patients with CFS have pain that cannot be relieved by otc medications such as nsaid's and those patients should have the option of being treated with opoids. But many confuse CFS or Myalgic Encephalomylitis with "chronic fatigue" which it is not. CFS/ME has nothing to do with depression, stress or fatigue, it is a serious neuroimmune disease that can leave a patient house or bed bound much of the time and some may have severe pain such as headache, muscle and/or joint pain, These patients need to be seen by and treated by an expert with the disease.

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome should be treated with prescription opioids.

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome should be treated with prescription opiates. The majority of chronic fatigue is not because you are getting enough sleep but because you are not able to perform during the waking hours. By prescribing these drugs helps the people to be able to maintain an active and physical lifestyle.

  • It helps them be comfortable.

    Yes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome should be treated with prescription opioids, because they are an effective way to make patients more comfortable. A person who has Chronic Fatigue is always in a great deal of pain. If there are prescriptions that can help the people feel better, we should offer it to them.

  • Better Nutrition is the Key

    Chronic fatigue should be treated with better nutrition and drinking more water. Opiods are only part of the problem as they relieve pain but don't treat the root cause of the fatigue. Try getting sleep, eating better and working less for once. Opiods only exacerbate the problem with an addictive drug.

  • No it shouldn't.

    I do not think that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome should be treated with prescription opiates. There are many other things that can help this condition better. Also, these kind of drugs make you very tired which probably isn't good for someone with a fatigue condition. Diet and exercise are the best prescription.

  • Drugs are not always the answer

    Given the addictive nature of prescription drugs, opioids in particular, it is probably not always the best, blanket or one sized fits all policy that can best take care of people. Other options like therapy, dietary changes, or supplements should be fully explored before using the opioids as a crutch.


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