A Functional Medicine Approach to Chronic Fatigue
Chronic fatigue Syndrome is characterized by persistent fatigue and other specific symptoms with potentially many contributing factors. The fatigue is not specifically due to exertion and is not caused by other medical conditions. Unfortunately, often patients are left going around the conventional health system without getting better.
The causes of chronic fatigue are incredibly diverse, from sleep issues, toxin exposures, hormonal imbalance, key nutrient deficiencies, gut issues, hidden infections, auto immune disease, psychological, genetic, food intolerance which can severely your day to day life.
Sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can see their symptoms appear gradually after a period of sustained physical or emotional stress, or it can appear very suddenly which seems like a bout of the flu that just won’t go away.
Chronic Fatigue Causes
Our Functional Medicine practitioners seek to address the main underlying causes of these debilitating symptoms so we can treat them more effectively and get you back to an improved quality of life, as we understand how this condition can heavily impact patients’ family, work and social activities.
Considerations for our practitioners can include
→ Heavy Metal Toxcity
→ Neurotransmitter depletion
→ Hormone imbalance
→ Emotional distress
→ Gut infections
→ Environmental toxicity
→ Food sensitivities/allergies
We will also look to take a detailed history and see what other factors that be contributing to your symptoms, so we can piece together any information that can help determine the imbalance.
Chronic Fatigue Treatment
At the London Centre for Functional Medicine, our treatment protocols vary with each patient based on the core imbalances that are interfering with the body’s ability to function correctly. A typical approach to treating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can include identifying and addressing underlying factors in your lifestyle that can be contributing to the condition e.g. stress, poor sleep hygiene, sedentary lifestyle.
One of the first places we start to investigate is the gut, even if there are no gut symptoms, a person may be harboring a chronic yeast, bacteria, virus or parasite infection that can be detected using PCR testing. Dysbiosis (more bad bacteria than good bacteria) can also be a contributory factor. Typically, depending on what we find, we will look to remove any pathogens, replace the nutrients and enzymes, repair the gut lining and repopulate the microbiome. Undiagnosed oral and chronic viral infections can also be a major factor that we look to investigate with reactivated viral infections a major consideration. Hormone health impact everything that happens in your body. To overcome fatigue and achieve true health, you need your hormones appropriately balanced. We will look to test your hormone levels and if we discover any abnormalities we can readdress the balance through various protocols which have nutrition and lifestyle at their core.
If you have fatigue, some forms of exercise have shown to be helpful but exercise can also make things worse. The way to fix your fatigue therefore often involves a range of targeted physical, biochemical, nutritional, and psychological treatments.
Chronic Fatigue Approach
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