Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a multi-factorial, challenging condition with many possible underlying causes and contributory factors.
CFS is often referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). There is some debate over the correct terminology, however, both are debilitating long-term conditions that can severely impact day-to-day life. CFS can affect anyone, but is more common in women, and is most likely to develop between mid-20’s and mid-40’s.
We adopt a functional medicine approach which is designed to look for the underlying cause of CFS. We already understand that this condition could well have a wide range of different triggers. For example, many people who suffer from CFS also have gut problems such as irritable bowel syndrome or a leaky gut.
Stress and high-intensity exercise can make symptoms worse, and severity of symptoms can vary from day to day.
- Extreme tiredness
- Muscle or joint pain
- Persistent headaches and sore throat
- Dizziness / sickness
- Flu-like symptoms and feeling generally unwell
- Heart palpitations
- Cognitive issues – difficulty concentrating / poor memory
There are several risk factors and underlying health conditions that can contribute to the development of CFS. Each individual underlying cause may completely change the necessary tests required and the treatment. For this reason, the entire picture needs to be evaluated to determine the right approach in each case.
There is no known definitive cause for CFS, however, there are a number of factors believed to trigger the condition, which include:
- Viral infections (particularly glandular fever)
- Hormone imbalances
- Stress / trauma / depression
- Pneumonia and other bacterial infections
- Deficient immune system
- Potential genetic link
CFS is usually a symptom-based diagnosis, however, there are a number of functional tests that we run to help identify issues that may be driving the condition.
Our approach is to look at the body as a whole, rather than concentrating on just one area. Just like peeling back the layers of an onion, we investigate each patient’s unique situation to reveal the unique root causes behind their illness.
We often create a timeline based on the clients medical history to document the progression of CFS and identify contributing factors.
After a thorough interview, medical history and relevant laboratory tests, we usually have a much better understanding of the potential underlying causes. This allows us to develop an appropriate treatment plan tailored to each individuals unique situation.
Some of our methods:
- We test to identify nutritional status which can reveal any vitamin and mineral deficiencies that may be affecting energy production. These tests can also expose potential microbiome imbalances and intestinal permeability (leaky gut) that may cause malabsorption or blood sugar imbalances, which can affect energy levels.
- We asses the adrenal function which can detect any imbalances of DHEA and cortisol, which can affect circadian rhythm. An imbalance of these hormones can affect sleep patterns, energy levels and emotional state.
- We also look into any underlying viral infections (such as Epstein-Barr, CMV and Herpes), as well as heavy metal toxicity which can impact the body’s ability to detoxify effectively and can affect energy levels.
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” At the end of the 4 months of working together, I know longer have any of the symptoms of CFS and am now able to go back into full time work. “
” I went from 3/10 energy levels to a consistent 8/10, over a 12 month time period. I now find that I can do things in the gym and at yoga that I have never been able to do before! “
” Within a week I felt a huge change in my energy levels, concentration, complexion and temperament. I’ve stuck to his diet changes and advice and I really feel the benefits.”