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We live in a fast-paced and demanding world where stress and chronic fatigue are part of many people’s lives. In fact, according to recent reports, about 75 percent of Americans experience moderate to high-stress levels. On the other hand, chronic fatigue syndrome affects an estimated 836,000 to 2.5 million, with people reporting persistent exhaustion and low-quality life. And while conventional treatments offer temporary relief, they may fail to address the root causes of stress and chronic fatigue. Understanding their underlying causes and implementing functional medicine strategies will help you alleviate its burdens, rebalance the body, and restore vitality.


WHAT’S CHRONIC FATIGUE?

Chronic fatigue, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), is a condition characterized by persistent and draining fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest. It can last six months or more and often affects one’s ability to carry out everyday tasks.

Common symptoms include muscle pains, headaches, impaired concentration, as well as unrefreshing sleep. Although the main cause of chronic fatigue remains unclear, it’s believed to involve a combination of several factors.


MAIN CAUSES OF CHRONIC FATIGUE

Here are the leading causes of chronic fatigue:

  • Immune Dysfunction: Many patients suffering from chronic fatigue have NK cells with a lower functional ability to fight infections. Such abnormalities in the immune system play a significant role in the development of CFS. Patients may also have low-grade chronic inflammation or an overactive immune response.
  • Viral Infections: An estimated 50-70% of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome say their symptoms started after a viral illness or infection. These infections may include Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) or Human Herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), which may intrigue the immune response leading to post-viral fatigue.
  • Psychological Stressors: Prolonged exposure to high levels of stress can lead to chronic fatigue. Psychological stressors may include work pressure, traumatic experiences, or relationship difficulties that disrupt the body’s balance and contribute to fatigue.
  • Hormonal Imbalances: Hormonal imbalance involving hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis alterations also plays a significant role in human stress-related disorders like chronic fatigue syndrome and post-traumatic stress.

WHY CONVENTIONAL TREATMENTS ARE INCOMPLETE AND LESS EFFECTIVE

Conventional treatments for stress and chronic fatigue focus on managing the symptoms rather than addressing root causes. This approach typically involves prescribing medication to relieve pain, improve sleep, and boost energy levels. In fact, they offer temporary relief without addressing the complex interplay of factors contributing to these conditions.


WHY FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE IS MORE EFFECTIVE IN TREATING TREAT STRESS AND CHRONIC FATIGUE

Functional medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare, focusing on addressing the underlying causes of disease and promoting overall well-being. It offers a comprehensive and personalized approach to diagnosing stress and chronic fatigue.

Here’s why functional medicine is considered more effective in treating these conditions.

  • Holistic Approach: Functional medicine views the body as an interconnected system considering the physical, mental, emotional, and environmental factors as key health influencers. It recognizes the possibility of stress and chronic fatigue resulting from a combination of any of these factors. Understanding and addressing these factors helps the body restore balance and vitality.
  • Functional Testing: Functional medicine uses specialized tests to understand different body functions. These tests can assess immune system function, hormone levels, gut health, and nutrient deficiencies. Understanding these aspects also helps in identifying and addressing specific imbalances causing chronic fatigue.
  • Personalized Treatment: Unlike most conventional treatments, functional medicine understands there’s no one-size-fits-all in treating stress and chronic fatigue. Each case is unique. Through in-depth lab tests and patient histories, functional medicine practitioners identify and diagnose specific imbalances and dysfunctions based on the root cause.
  • Lifestyle and Nutrition: Functional treatment recognizes lifestyle choices and nutrition as a naturopathic medicine for optimizing health. Patients can address energy deficiencies better and hasten recovery through healthy lifestyle habits like tailored exercise regimens as well as nutritional dietary plans.
  • Collaborative Partnership: Functional medicine providers also work intimately with their patients to understand their unique conditions and address them accordingly. They listen attentively and empower patients to actively participate in their recovery journey. This close partnership fosters trust, engagement, as well as compliance for better treatment outcomes.

Don’t let constant exhaustion hold you back. Take charge of your health and find relief from stress and chronic fatigue by contacting Wolfe Functional Medicine, where we specialize in comprehensive diagnostics and least-invasive treatment options. We invite you to get in touch with us to find out how we can assist you in taking back control of your health.

Stay updated on our latest insights about Chronic Fatigue and other health challenges by following us on Instagram at @wolfe.fm. Join our community as we journey towards health and wellness together. Your journey to renewed energy and improved quality of life begins now!

Yours in health,

Dr. Eva Dec

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