Chronic fatigue, as anyone who has ever suffered from it can attest, is exactly what it sounds like. It is a condition of extended and debilitating tiredness and exhaustion, and those who have it understand the impact that it can have on one’s quality and enjoyment of life.

Common symptoms include: debilitating fatigue, extreme exhaustion after exertion, reduced memory and concentration, sporadic muscle or joint pain, headaches, and unrefreshing sleep.

Resolving chronic fatigue, however, is not a simple and straightforward matter. Fatigue alone can be produced by numerous sources: viral or bacterial infection, nutrient deficiency, food allergies, injury, toxicity, hormonal imbalance, and it can even be psychosomatic. Chronic fatigue is equally plagued with multiple causes, many of which are still not entirely understood. This does not mean that the condition cannot be improved or eliminated; it just means that improvement may require more experimentation and commitment.

We understand this concept very well. We have always stressed individual uniqueness in our approach to care and this standpoint allows us to address the contributors, often multiple, to chronic fatigue. For some people, addressing an Epstein-Barr viral infection is necessary, while for others it may require hormone modulation, and yet still for others it may require detoxification of toxins and heavy metals, and in other cases it may even require all of the above. There is not one single answer for chronic fatigue, but it can be improved and something can be done about it.