Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is defined as debilitating fatigue with associated symptoms for at least six (6) months. The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) criteria for CFS includes clinically evaluated, unexplained, persistent, or relapsing fatigue that is
- Not alleviated by rest
- Of new or definite onset
- Not a result of ongoing exertion
- Results in a substantial reduction in previous levels of occupational, social or personal activity.
Additional Chronic Fatigue Symptoms include
- Headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity
- Muscle pain
- Tender lymph nodes
- Self-reported impairment of short-term memory or concentration
- Multijoint pain without swelling or redness
- Unrefreshing and/or interrupted sleep
- Post exertion malaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness) last more than 24 hours.
- Sore throat
Causes of Chronic Fatigue
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are similar because a single causative agent has not yet been identified, meaning that traditional lab results typically come back normal leaving doctors at a dead end for a definitive diagnosis. However, studies have shown that factors including viral infections (Epstein Barr), bacterial infections (Lyme disease), stress/elevated cortisol levels and adrenal fatigue, food allergies, excessive oxidative stress, nutritional deficiencies (for example Vitamin D), environmental exposures to toxins including heavy metals, and genetic susceptibilities may all be related to and/or trigger chronic fatigue symptoms. These underlying causes of fatigue can be easily treated once identified, thereby restoring a patient’s health, energy, and enjoyment of life.
What Can Human Reconstruction Do?
We will evaluate your case, use specialty tests to determine probable causes, and create an individualized program of therapies specifically designed for you which may include lifestyle advice, dietary recommendations, medically supervised therapies, and nutritional supplementation.