Chronic Fatigue/Sleep Disorders

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition in which very modest degrees of physical or mental exertion induce severe fatigue. Increased activity typically causes symptoms to worsen. These exacerbations might not appear for several hours, or even until the next day. Over-doing can cause a flare-up that last for hours or even days.

The federal government’s Center for Disease Control has established working criteria for the diagnosis of CFS.

To diagnose CFS, there must be persistent or relapsing, and debilitating fatigue that persists for 6 months or more. The fatigue must cause a substantial reduction of previous activity and not improve substantially with normal rest.

In addition, the patient must also meet four of these eight minor criteria:

  1. Impaired memory or concentration
  2. Sore throat
  3. Painful/tender nodes especially cervical or auxiliary
  4. Muscle pain
  5. Multi-joint pain
  6. New headaches
  7. Restless sleep
  8. Post-exertional malaise (lasting >24 hrs)

Appropriate alternative diagnoses need to be excluded as the main cause of the problem. If other potentially fatigue causing conditions are present (e.g. depression, insomnia, diabetes), the physician has to judge whether these or CFS are the main cause of symptoms. Many people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also qualify for the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and vice versa.

Functional Blood Chemistry can often reveal the cause of Chronic Fatigue or sleep disorders.

We check the following:

  • Blood/Anemia
  • Adrenals(your stress gland)
  • Food Sensitvities
  • Blood Sugar
  • Gut Dysfunction
  • Parasites, Bacteria, and Viruses (ie- Epstein-Barr)
  • Immune Disorders

We pair our Neurologic and Metabolic findings. The amazing thing is if we correct what we find wrong the body can function normally.

Normal Function=Normal Health

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