While there is currently no pharmaceutical cure for M.E. there are a number of conventional medical approaches and complementary therapies which may help to alleviate symptoms.
Because of the complexity of the illness, its fluctuating nature and the wide spectrum of symptoms, different things work for different people. Some, particularly those who are more severely affected, unfortunately find currently available therapies of little benefit.
Both stress that the following should not be offered to people with M.E.:
Surveys by Action for M.E. and other M.E. charities have consistently shown that the majority of people with M.E. find that pacing (ie. managing physical, mental and emotional activity and rest) helps them to manage their illness.
The British Association for CFS/M.E. (BACME) publishes a therapy and symptom management guide. This practical clinical treatment summary incorporates existing tools and methodologies from specialists who work with adults and children who have M.E.
It offers a consensus approach to broader treatment based on clinician expertise, patient experience and the best available evidence, and is free to download from BACME's website.
M.E. is one of the topics included in the Map of Medicine, a web-based tool that provides 350 evidence-based, best-practice clinical pathways as an interactive flowchart of detailed processes. These pathways can be localised to help plan, communicate and implement local services and priorities.