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What are the Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is often difficult to diagnose and can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Chronic fatigue symptoms range from extreme fatigue and brain fog to anxiety and insomnia. There are many causes for chronic fatigue syndrome and it’s usually not recognized by conventional doctors.  

Aside from feeling tired after even the mildest activity, chronic fatigue sufferers can experience muscle and joint pain, sleep issues, difficulty with memory and focus, and flu-like complaints such as a sore throat and headache.

Read on for some of the most common causes of chronic fatigue syndrome and how we help patients overcome it, naturally.

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Some patients are naturally more prone to chronic fatigue than others because of their genetics. Certain genes that are inherited from your parents make it possible or likely that  you can develop chronic fatigue under the right conditions. Below, we’ll cover a few conditions that may cause you to develop chronic fatigue whether you have a genetic predisposition or not.

Hormonal Imbalances

Studies show that many chronic fatigue sufferers often don’t produce the right amounts of hormones responsible for proper metabolism and energy level maintenance. Functional medicine testing reveals which hormones are imbalanced and informs us on your treatment options. Common hormone culprits include thyroid hormones and cortisol.

Viral Infections/Immune System Dysfunction

Patients often develop chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms following some viral infections like Epstein-Barr virus and human herpes virus 6. Viral stressors and bacterial infections set a number of negative health consequences in motion.

If viruses are in the body for long enough, they can drain your energy and upset the balance of your microbiome (the good vs. bad bacterial colony of the gut.)  An immune system weakened by recent illness creates the perfect environment for chronic fatigue syndrome to take root.

Toxin Overload

There are currently more than four million recognized chemical compounds found in cleaning products, home decor materials, cosmetics, personal hygiene items and other products the average person uses daily.  These numerous toxins have the opportunity to enter the body through your mouth, nose and skin.  Toxin overload is now believed to be a major cause for chronic fatigue syndrome.

A Natural Approach

Regardless of the underlying cause, if you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms, there is hope. With the right treatment, you can restore your quality of life and find relief from unrelenting fatigue.

To determine the cause of your chronic fatigue, it’s necessary to fully evaluate your overall health and wellness. Our thorough evaluation takes your unique medical history into account, including diet, lifestyle and work habits.

At Infinity Wellness Center, our functional medicine practitioners treat chronic fatigue syndrome with holistic practices backed by science. Specialized hormone testing, genetic testing, and evaluations of gut health and bodily toxin levels help us create your custom care plan. 

Make an appointment today to finally find relief from your chronic fatigue.

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