Lack of energy

How to increase energy in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is, of course, the 50 million dollar question.  Dr. Lerner has evidence that every one of the other symptoms in chronic fatigue syndrome improves when patients’ energy levels improve; energy, or the lack of it, appears to be a key factor in this disorder.

None of the treatments in this section purport to return ME/CFS patients to their former energy levels. What they may be able to do – in some patients – is increase them.

Fighting fatigue is not simple or one-dimensional and its causes in chronic fatigue syndrome (and elsewhere) are still a mystery. Given the range of possibilities it’s not surprising  that the different treatments described below attack different problems. While the stimulants, for instance, aid the brain in more effectively utilizing the information presented to it, many of the alternative treatments focus on one or another aspect of mitochondrial functioning.

Other approaches (not described below) involve getting better sleep, staying within one’s energy envelope and slowly enlarging it, tackling diet, enhancing blood volume, retraining the mind to avoid stressful thoughts and feelings that deplete an already overworked stress-response system; each of these has been effective in different patients. Battling ME/CFS effectively usually requires using a multi-dimensional  treatment approach under the guidance of a qualified medical professional.

To check out cellular energy boosters and pharmaceutical drugs against fatigue click on the links below.

Sarah September 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Read the book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. It is changing my life. You can also google GAPS diet.

Kathy July 8, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I have tried everything listed to improve my energy to no avail. I am desperate. I want to live life, not just exist like an inanimate object. I feel like I’m dead, and in Arizona, where I am, not doctors seem to believe that this condition exists or want to treat it.

Does anyone know if medications for MS or AIDS work to improve (or result in) energy? Surely, someone has considered this. My doctor has prescribed the anti-viral treatment that Dr. Lerner espouses but so far it’s as if I’m taking nothing.

Kimberly October 10, 2014 at 9:02 am


Three of my family members had symptoms like you and we found out it was internal mold related. After 100,000 and years of Doctors visits I found out on my own it was an internal mold problem that could be solved. I will attach a link where you can test for mold that is free on line. It only takes 5-7 minutes and is done with a visual test.
If you test positive for VCS then I would check for Marcons (a bacterial sinus infection deep in the sinuses and only detectable by one lab in the USA. They estimate 25-28% of the population has this issue). These 2 things could change your life. I wish I would have known this information 26 years ago.
Lots of luck

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