The Facts About CFS
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), up to an estimated 2.5 million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome – and 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 can 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.
Risk factors for chronic fatigue syndrome 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 only part of the approach needed. Chronic fatigue typically has a host of biological imbalances that need addressing too.
The Functional Medicine Approach
At Awaken, our team takes a holistic approach to any chronic disorder – including chronic fatigue. In fact, it’s less about the official label (being diagnosed with CFS), and more about investigating the “why.”
A functional medicine approach understands that fatigue can come from a myriad of sources that contribute and compound the situation. Sometimes it’s like peeling an onion. The issue of chronic fatigue can be divided into 4 general categories of causes with many possibilities in each category:
1) Lifestyle factors (diet, sleep, stress management, hydration)
2) Bodily deficiencies (hormones and nutrients)
3) Need for repair (gut repair, open detox pathways, healing emotions, reboot the nervous system, etc.)
4) Toxin overload (stress, metals, mold, chemicals, and/or stealth infections)
Patients often have a mix of two or more of these categories. While this seems daunting, it’s important to keep in mind that all these areas are important for health. And if any of these areas are imbalanced, then the patient is vulnerable to chronic fatigue.
At Awaken, we craft a precise treatment plan unique to your needs that includes all the treatments you need to finally leave your chronic fatigue behind!
If you have been experiencing symptoms relating to chronic fatigue and are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with Awaken today!
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