Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that is not caused by other medical conditions.
When a person suffers from this condition, their fatigue can worsen with physical or mental activity, but does not improve with rest. At Angel Longevity Medical Center, we offer chronic fatigue treatment.
What causes chronic fatigue syndrome?
Unfortunately, the cause of chronic fatigue is unknown. However, some experts believe it may be a viral infection or immune system disorder.
Meanwhile, there are others who believe it is related to psychological stress, trauma or toxins. While there is not one known cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, there are known risk factors. They include:
Abnormal blood levels of hormones produced by the hypothalamus, pituitary glands or adrenal glands can be found in those who experience chronic fatigue. However, the significance of hormonal imbalances in relation to chronic fatigue is unknown.
Because some people develop chronic fatigue syndrome after a viral infection, many believe that certain viruses may trigger the condition. Viruses that are thought to possibly trigger chronic fatigue include the Epstein-Barr virus, human herpes virus 6, and mouse leukemia viruses.
Immune system issues
Those who suffer from chronic fatigue tend to have a slightly impaired immune system. However, it is unknown if the impairment is enough to cause chronic fatigue itself.
Getting a diagnosis
For a patient to be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, specific criteria must be present.
- The individual must have symptoms ongoing for at least six months
- Other health conditions as the reason for the fatigue must have been excluded
- The fatigue must significantly interfere with daily activities and work
There are other common symptoms associated with chronic fatigue that are not considered when diagnosing chronic fatigue. These symptoms include, but may not be limited to abdominal pain, alcohol intolerance, bloating, chest pain, chronic cough, diarrhea, dizziness, dry eyes or mouth, earaches, irregular heartbeat, jaw pain, morning stiffness, nausea, night sweats, psychological problems, depression, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, shortness of breath, tingling sensations, and weight loss.
In addition, the individual must simultaneously have four or more of the following nine chronic fatigue symptoms, and the symptoms must not have begun before the onset of the condition:
- Muscle pain
- Unrefreshing sleep
- A chronic sore throat
- Flu-like symptoms following activity
- Tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpit
- Pain in joints without swelling or redness
- Reduction in short-term memory or concentration
- Headaches not common to that individual (e.g., severity, type, pattern)
- Malaise lasting more than 24 hours after slight exertion
Conditions that can be mistaken for chronic fatigue syndrome
Because there is not one known cause of chronic fatigue, there is also not one single test that can confirm a diagnosis. Since the symptoms can be similar to several other health problems, it may take a long time to reach a diagnosis. First, the doctor must rule out several other illnesses, including:
Mental health issues
Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia are all mental health problems that have similar symptoms to chronic fatigue.
This may seem obvious, but sleep disorders have symptoms a person may also experience with chronic fatigue. A sleep study can figure out if you have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome or insomnia.
Fatigue is also a symptom of other medical problems such as anemia, diabetes, and hypothyroidism. By taking a lab test to check your blood, evidence can be found for other medical problems.
After your doctor has ruled out other conditions, he or she can arrive at a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome. Individuals should be aware that this process may take some time – but it’s worth the wait to ensure that the correct problem is identified.
If the wrong diagnosis is made, the wrong treatment will be administered. It is important to remain patient during the diagnosis process.
Chronic fatigue treatment options
There are a variety of therapies that may be able to help patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.
Functional medicine, in particular, can identify the root cause of the condition and create a plan to reduce or eliminate it. These therapies include:
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
As part of chronic fatigue treatment, this approach can help improve hormone imbalances for both men and women. Hormone imbalances occur when women age and go through menopause and when men age and experience falling hormone levels. Hormone imbalances can affect your energy levels and, once they are brought back to a normal range, improvement can be seen.
IV therapy and vitamin infusions
Intravenous (IV) therapy is a method of feeding vitamins, minerals, and other natural substances directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. Doing so may boost the immune system, supplement deficiencies, and provide an immediate therapeutic response. There are a number of vitamin and nutrient IV therapies our patients can use to help improve their health.
This chronic fatigue treatment uses medicines that remove both toxic and non-toxic metals from the body. Toxic metals such as mercury, arsenic, lead, and cadmium are known to interfere with many biological functions within the body. A chelating agent, such as EDTA, binds to these metals in the bloodstream and guides them out of the body. Getting toxic metals out of the body can improve an array of diseases and problems for our clients, including chronic fatigue syndrome.
Phospholipid exchange therapy
Chemicals from preservatives in foods, pesticides and some prescription drugs may stay in the phospholipid layers of cells, which can result in increased levels of toxicity and cellular degeneration. This can cause dysfunction in the brain, nervous system and immune system, all of which could be connected to chronic fatigue syndrome. Phospholipid exchange therapy gets rid of these toxins to eliminate or reduce certain disorders.
Ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI)
This therapy uses ultraviolet light in combination with the patient’s blood to kill pathogens and bacteria. The blood gets charged with more energy from the light and increases the blood’s oxygen levels, which has an antimicrobial effect and boosts white blood cell activity. UBI can improve overall immune function and may help with chronic fatigue for many of our patients.
Quiz: Do you have chronic fatigue syndrome?
Do you feel malaise lasting more than 24 hours after slight exertion?
Do you have flu-like symptoms following activity?
Do you have unrefreshing sleep?
Do you notice a reduction in short-term memory or concentration?
Do you experience muscle pain?
Do you have pain in joints without swelling or redness?
Do you have headaches not common to you? (e.g., severity, type, pattern)
Do you have tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpit?
Do you have a chronic sore throat?
Meet Dr. Anju Mathur
As a chronic fatigue treatment specialist, Dr. Anju Mathur utilizes specialized therapies as part of her “Back to Wellness Program” to help patients restore their energy and immune function.
Dr. Mathur knows how to help men and women overcome the effects of chronic diseases and autoimmune disorders. In order to ensure that patients receive the correct treatment protocol, she performs extensive and sophisticated testing to determine the root cause of chronic fatigue syndrome. The testing can effectively identify bio-chemical imbalances caused by environmental toxicity, such as heavy metals, organic solvents, and other toxins.
Upon carefully analyzing the patient’s test results, medical history, and lifestyle habits, Dr. Anju Mathur will select chronic fatigue treatment protocols that can reduce the effects of the condition and improve energy levels. Dr. Mathur’s treatment recommendations are based on extensive individual health evaluations. The “Back to Wellness Program” can be tailored to suit individual needs and imbalances to help men and women overcome the challenges of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Our holistic approach to chronic fatigue treatment
Chronic fatigue, like adrenal fatigue, can be caused by a variety of problems – from toxicity to chronic inflammation and more. At Angel Longevity Medical Center, Dr. Mathur’s approach is one of a medical detective.
She gathers all the clues of the patient’s past through extensive personal and family histories and their present lives, which can include potential toxins in a person’s environment, social life, stress level, relationships, diet, workout regimen, sleep habits, and symptoms. Armed with this information and all appropriate lab tests, she strives to uncover how and why the body is not functioning optimally.
The Back to Wellness Program
In Dr. Anju Mathur’s “Back to Wellness Program” for chronic fatigue treatment, she offers a variety of therapies that may be able to improve the condition.
These approaches include:
- Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to balance hormones, which may improve the many symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.
- IV nutrient infusions to improve immune function by allowing the body to receive high amounts of nutrients.
- Chelation therapy to remove toxic heavy metals from the body, allowing the organs to function optimally.
- Phospholipid exchange therapy to remove toxins at a cellular level, which may improve the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Ultraviolet blood irradiation to help energize the body and boost immune function.
One or a combination of these therapies may be utilized to improve autoimmune conditions. This results in a highly personalized and tailored “Back to Wellness Program” that has the power to address the underlying cause of the problem and bring our patients back to health.
Take back control of your health
Patients do not have to simply accept their chronic conditions. There is hope for a different and brighter future.
Dr. Anju Mathur offers tailored programs to address the underlying cause of many conditions and bring our patients back to health.
Some common autoimmune disorders she specializes in treating include:
- Graves’ disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
When treating chronic diseases, the most important thing is to correct the underlying problems that are occurring in your body so that you can begin to recover. Chronic fatigue, like adrenal fatigue, can be caused by a variety of problems – from toxicity to chronic inflammation and many others. Dr. Mathur’s customized approach can find the root cause of your chronic fatigue syndrome so that you can reclaim the vitality that you’ve lost.
If you would like to regain your energy and vibrancy, please call chronic fatigue treatment specialist, Dr. Anju Mathur, at (213) 674-3173 to learn about the many therapies that are available.
Learn more about chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome is debilitating and frustrating for our clients who suffer from the condition. The symptoms can be associated with a variety of other medical problems, which is why it is so important to achieve a definitive diagnosis and administer the correct treatment.
While the diagnostic process can be difficult and time-consuming, there are many holistic treatments that can address the problem. Unlike conventional medicine, holistic approaches will help you and your doctor identify the root cause of your symptoms and create a plan to improve the condition and prevent future issues.Free download: Chronic fatigue e-book