Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia are known in the world of natural medicine as multi-system disorders. This means that the cause of the person’s symptoms are multi factorial and everyone is different when it comes to cause and treatment.
CAUSES OF CHRONIC FATIGUE
For example, a person with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia may have many drivers of fatigue including food intolerance(s), vitamin and mineral deficiencies, dysfunctional genetic SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms – they make us and our DNA special!), hormone dysfunction, stress intolerance, a bad mix of gut bacteria, a lack of digestive factors in the gut, heavy metal toxicity, excess toxin exposure, mitochondrial dysfunction (our cellular power stations), liver dysfunction etc. One or 2 of these factors can cause a few health concerns but if you bundle a few of them together you end up with the perfect storm of conditions such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME TREATMENT
When I work with my chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia clients I start ticking boxes from the first consultation onwards. That means that we start addressing any factors that may be causing these debilitating conditions from the word go. And that could just mean taking foods out of the diet that the client obviously reacts to and/or increasing water consumption in a dehydrated client. Every little ticked box can help a chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia client to feel better. I focus on the easy fixes first before moving on to expensive supplements and testing.
When it comes to testing there is a wide variety of functional tests available that can help to pinpoint the root cause of the client’s symptoms. Tests commonly used for my chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia clients include full bloods from the GP, salivary cortisol and hormone testing, full thyroid profile, food allergy and intolerance testing, comprehensive digestive stool analysis, microbiome testing, organic acid tests etc. The choice of tests depends on the information the client provides to me.
A targeted nutrition and lifestyle program can make a big difference to symptoms experienced by chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia clients.