A Functional Medicine Approach To Chronic Fatigue - PrimeLife

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complex, long-term disorder characterized by extreme fatigue. While there’s no known “cause” of chronic fatigue that conventional medicine can pinpoint, it has its root causes in different imbalances in your body.

Are you feeling totally drained and exhausted most days?

Is it hard to get out of bed and even harder to get through your day?

Do you just want to understand why you feel this way and how to get your energy back?

According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an estimated 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome – but there’s likely an even larger pool of people that simply have not been diagnosed with CFS.

The hallmark sign of chronic fatigue involves extreme tiredness that can occur following even light movement or exercise. Other symptoms include loss of memory or concentration, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits, unexplained muscle or joint pain, headaches, and unrestful sleep.

While the exact cause of CFS is unknown, a viral infection may be responsible. Preliminary research suggests herpes infection, for example, may trigger CFS.

Other risk factors include extreme stress or anxiety, flu-like illness that does not completely go away, poor eating habits, and psychological conditions, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, neuroticism, and perfectionism. Depression can make the condition worse and make it last longer.

The conventional approach to treating chronic fatigue is typically focused on the emotional and mindset spectrum of treatment, which is just part of the approach needed. Chronic fatigue typically has a host of serious biological imbalances that need addressing too.

Many times there are gut issues at play – like gut dysbiosis such as SIBO, leaky gut, and/or Candida overgrowth that many doctors don’t test for because it’s not standard protocol. A poor diet, a stealth infection, an undiagnosed food allergy, hormone imbalances, or exposure to environmental toxins are other potential causes for chronic fatigue.

When it comes to chronic fatigue syndrome, it’s important to work with a functional medicine practitioner who can look at your energy issues from multiple angles. 

When your body is incredibly depleted, it’s typically a sign that multiple systems need rebalancing from gut to hormonal health and even mindset and emotional balance.

At PrimeLife, we run the correct testing to determine if gut disorders, food allergies or other imbalances play a big role in your chronic fatigue symptoms. We also help you with the emotional/mindset balance so you can upgrade lifestyle choices that are typically to blame for some of the energy drain.

Our team takes a holistic approach to any chronic disorder – investigating the “why” of your chronic fatigue instead of just giving your a general diagnosis with no explanation or course of action.

After testing, we craft a precise treatment plan unique to your needs so that you can finally be free of chronic fatigue and avoid it in the future.

If you have been experiencing symptoms relating to chronic fatigue and are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with PrimeLife today!

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