I Don't Recommend Exercise Therapy For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Many health professionals, particularly physios and doctors, will tell Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers that their fatigue is caused by "deconditioning" due to lack of exercise.

Alright, Smart Guys who push this theory, answer me this:

How come elite athletes at their peak also get CFS?

The fact is, deconditioning is a symptom, not a cause of CFS.

So, when Smart Guys prescribe exercise regimens to my CFS patients, some of whom can barely walk? It makes me want to tear my hair out in frustration.

If only it were a mere matter of effort! Who would bother having CFS for years, if only a little daily exercise would send it packing?

I believe that prescribing exercise as a cure for CFS sends a nasty message - that if only the patient would work a bit harder, if only they wanted it a little more, they would recover.

I reject this premise utterly.