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Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complex, long-term disorder characterized by extreme fatigue. When confronted with CFS, most conventional doctors cannot explain why it may occur, and their treatments rarely extend beyond addressing the emotional mindset of the patient. However, CFS can have a host of serious biological imbalances that need addressing too.

The Facts About CFS

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

According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an estimated 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, though there is likely an even larger pool of people who simply have not been clinically diagnosed.

While the exact cause of CFS is unknown, there are several root issues that may be responsible. Preliminary research has suggested that stealth infections, such as the viral infection herpes, may be a contributing factor. Poor diet, gut issues like SIBO, candida overgrowth, leaky gut, food allergies, hormone imbalances, exposure to environmental toxins, and psychological conditions such as OCD, anxiety, depression, and perfectionism can all trigger CFS and cause it to persist.

The Functional Medicine Approach

The conventional medicine approach to treating CFS is typically focused on the spectrum of treatment involving the emotional mindset. However, that is just part of the approach that is needed.

At Alliance Integrative Medicine, our team takes a holistic approach to any chronic disorder – including chronic fatigue syndrome.

When it comes to CFS, it is important to work with a functional medicine practitioner who can not only help with the mindset/emotional component, but also determine the reason these symptoms persist by running the correct testing to determine if gut disorders, food allergies or other imbalances are to blame for your symptoms.

Once we do the correct testing, we craft a precise treatment plan unique to your needs that will include all of the necessary treatments to finally leave your chronic fatigue behind!

If you have been experiencing symptoms related to chronic fatigue and are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with Alliance Integrative Medicine today!

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