Are you plagued with tiredness that won’t go away? Have some doctors dismissed your concerns or given vague, indirect answers about the cause? You may suffer from chronic fatigue. At Radiantly Healthy MD in Indialantic, FL, we specialize in finding the cause of fatigue to help you reclaim your life.
What Is Chronic Fatigue?
Chronic fatigue is feeling tired or lethargic for six months or longer. This pervasive feeling of tiredness impacts quality of life for many sufferers.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and is a more severe form of fatigue. Diagnosis for this condition requires one to feel extremely tired for six consecutive months or longer and have four or more associated symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms?
Feeling inexplicably tired for six months or more is always grounds for seeking professional medical help. Ongoing fatigue or lethargy can take a toll on your life.
Not everyone who has fatigue chronically has CFS. A CFS diagnosis has official signs and symptoms that accompany the core symptom of feeling ongoing fatigue. Symptoms for CFS are:
- Chronic, variable headaches
- Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or armpits
- Extreme exhaustion not correlated with activity
- Fatigue that worsens with activity but is not improved by rest
- Frequent or ongoing sore throat (with or without low-grade fever)
- Impaired memory or concentration (brain fog)
- Migrating pain often without swelling or redness
- Unexplained muscle pain and soreness
- Unrefreshing sleep
What Causes Chronic Fatigue?
Many people suffer from an ongoing feeling of tiredness without having CFS. Both of these conditions are symptoms of an underlying issue rather than isolated conditions. Enduring fatigue is a symptom of many health concerns, which makes it imperative to seek treatment if your symptoms persist.
The only way to find the cause of your fatigue is by seeking professional help. Contact us today if you want to learn more about why you feel tired all the time. Together we can investigate your fatigue.
How Can Radiantly Healthy MD Help?
At Radiantly Healthy MD, we recognize that it might require many tests to identify the root cause of your fatigue, and we never give up. It’s challenging to keep up with the flow of life when fatigue or CFS manifests. We are committed to helping you restore your energy levels and treat the underlying cause or causes of the condition.
Because fatigue is a symptom of another condition, at Radiantly Healthy MD, we actively seek out the root cause. Traditional medicine rarely seeks out the cause of fatigue, instead treating the symptom alone. We know that things like imbalances to the delicate flora of the digestive tract often cause fatigue. Scientific studies link autoimmunity, fibromyalgia, and ongoing fatigue to “leaky gut” or “intestinal permeability.” The gut is the first place we look; if it isn’t the culprit, we look elsewhere.
We aren’t afraid to use nontraditional testing and evaluation to find the cause of your fatigue. If the cause isn’t clear through conventional testing, we may look for and investigate:
- Chronic infections
- Hormonal imbalances
- Nutritional insufficiencies
Choosing Radiantly Health MD means that you create a partnership in your healing journey. Together we create a personalized plan, just for you, to reverse chronic fatigue. Treating one underlying cause of fatigue may be sufficient to restore your wellbeing. However, CFS is a complex disorder that may have multiple causes. Your health and vitality is our top priority, and we work with you toward a true solution.
10 Steps to Take When Suffering From Chronic Fatigue
Our Radiantly Healthy MD board-certified medical director, Dr. Rebecca Hunton, struggled with chronic fatigue 20 years ago. Nothing in her training or clinical diagnostics revealed anything out of the ordinary. Physicians and test results deemed her health “normal,” but her ongoing lack of energy encouraged her to challenge these claims.
Dr. Hunton spent eight years investigating the roots of her fatigue, and in the process learned how to help her patients reclaim their energy. If you are suffering from debilitating fatigue, know that you are not alone. Our professional medical staff is dedicated to helping you through our comprehensive approach to fatigue and CFS.
1. Journal Your Symptoms
When something feels off, it’s a message from your body. Fatigue is something everyone feels from time to time, especially with the pace of modern life. However, it’s essential to pay attention when fatigue doesn’t go away.
Journaling or recording your symptoms is the first step to finding relief. By logging your symptoms every day, you can keep track of them better and communicate them clearly to your doctor. Having one or two days of tiredness may not constitute a trip to the doctor, but days can turn into weeks when attempting to muscle through the day, every day.
Besides logging how you feel and your energy levels, check for the symptoms of CFS. Report your findings on the lymph nodes in the neck and armpits, note any headache or throat discomfort, and monitor your temperature. Not only will this help you get in the habit of self-care, but it will also pay off for treatment if your fatigue does not stop.
2. Get a Second Opinion
Visit us at Radiantly Healthy MD If you’ve already sought help for fatigue without success. If you’ve been told that your persistent tiredness is “normal” or that you are “supposed to feel tired,” you haven’t found the right doctor. As someone who was told the same thing and battled fatigue for the better part of a decade, Dr. Hunton understands how frustrating and discouraging these statements are.
It satisfies many medical practices to tell patients that “unknown causes” are to blame for their fatigue—likely because they haven’t lived with it themselves. Dr. Hunton’s passion for revealing the cause of ongoing fatigue stems from her experience living with it. No matter how many times you’ve received “normal” test results, Dr. Hunton’s nontraditional testing services can help you find the cause.
3. Seek an Integrative Treatment Approach
At Radiantly Healthy MD in Indialantic, we celebrate an integrative approach to medicine. If you aren’t familiar with this, an integrative treatment approach means we focus on healing while establishing a genuine rapport with you and all our clients.
With us, you are more than your patient file. We get to know you on a personal level. Integrative medicine is the process of full-body healing. Long-lasting fatigue is a symptom of something else; therefore, we find the cause instead of merely attempting to “fix” the tiredness problem. Our goal is to generate health in your entire body, and we achieve this by getting to know you.
4. Go Easy on Yourself
Living with fatigue or CFS is physically, emotionally, and psychologically taxing, but don’t beat yourself up. Go easy on yourself. You might need to clear your schedule or ask for help from others. Watch your thoughts and always try to steer them in a positive direction. Align your thoughts with how you’d comfort a loved one in your position.
Don’t over-commit or force yourself to engage in activities that will drain you even more. Sometimes a burst of energy will appear after weeks or months or lethargy. Don’t overextend yourself if this burst of energy appears, because it can lead to even lower energy later. Pace yourself and infuse self-compassion into your daily routine.
5. Eat Small, Nutritious Meals
Large, heavy meals make everyone tired, CFS or not. The phrase “food coma” exists for a reason. When fatigue is already present in your life, it’s vital to avoid anything that can trigger further exhaustion. Switch to eating smaller, nutritious meals more frequently when struggling with fatigue.
Your diet may contribute to your feelings of tiredness, and no two patients have the same nutritional needs. Always eat nutritious foods rather than convenience foods. Listen to your body. If you find that some nutritious foods seem to exacerbate your symptoms, try eliminating them from your diet for a time to see how you feel.
6. Plan Ahead
Planning, scheduling, making lists, and leaving notes can help you stay on top of your to-do lists. If you are concerned that you won’t have the energy to accomplish a task, a bit of planning can go a long way in making sure you feel up to it.
Planning ensures that you have enough time to go about a task at your speed. Sometimes CFS comes with memory impairment; note-taking fills in the gaps and helps you stay on track.
7. Exercise Regularly at Your Own Pace
We understand that there may be days when you don’t feel like moving, let alone exercising. Nevertheless, daily exercise is one way you can improve your energy levels. We aren’t suggesting a rigorous aerobic routine but rather light exercise done at your own pace.
Many patients find walking offers the perfect form of exercise for their needs because they can travel at their speed and take breaks as frequently as desired. Strength training through hand weights is another low-impact exercise suggestion. Using these weights in repetitions of ten is achievable in the comfort of your home.
8. Challenge Energy Crutches
Many of us reach for something to perk us up when feeling tired. However, many of these energy crutches aggravate fatigue. Caffeine, sweeteners, alcohol, and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives all can contribute to a worsening of your condition. One way to challenge your energy crutches is to cut them out of your life for two weeks and record how you feel.
9. Cultivate a Support Network
Trying to navigate through our busy world with fatigue is tough. It can feel even tougher when it seems like people don’t understand what you are going through. Friends and loved ones often want to help but don’t know how. Open lines of communication become incredibly important when you are experiencing CFS or fatigue.
The effects of CFS and fatigue aren’t visible to the world like a broken bone or wound. Many people aren’t aware of how these conditions impair life in the day-to-day. Educating friends, family, and peers about these conditions can help them understand and help you create a rewarding support network.
10. Stay Open
Remember that CFS is a complex condition that may have multiple causes. Your journey toward healing may not happen in one giant leap. Stay open to testing and committed to revealing the root cause of your fatigue. With each step we take together, you are one step closer to reclaiming your energy and vitality.
Contact Us Today
Our comprehensive, integrative approach to chronic fatigue can help you no matter how many times you’ve been turned away. Contact us today at Radiantly Healthy MD in Indialantic, FL to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you.