More than tired: What you should know about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Most people feel really exhausted sometimes. This exhaustion may be the result of increased preoccupation with work, insufficiency of valuable vitamins, minerals and trace elements or due to lack of sleep.
Nevertheless, when people get the necessary micronutrients and sleep properly, while at the same time no pathological cause is found, this constant fatigue is considered pathological. Being tired every morning or feeling exhausted after a few hours of work are signs that need to be investigated immediately.
There are many people who feel exhausted constantly and have the feeling that they can’t even move their legs. Drowsiness in the lives of these people now plays a leading role. They have so little energy, to the point that they are unable to perform any physical activity and cannot cope with their daily social obligations. This kind of fatigue and lethargy, which characterizes them, has a catalytic effect on their mood. Their strength and performance declines, rendering them inadequate and helpless.
Some of them ignore the symptoms and do not pay attention, as they consider normal feeling like that and mistakenly believe that there is no serious pathological cause. These situations, however, are signs that suggest something much more serious. This is, of course, a situation that does not manifest itself suddenly. Certainly, many of our fellow human beings experience it every day and for a long time. From time to time, they consult doctors in order to identify the cause of the problem and find a solution, without the expected results, as the usual diagnostic tests seem normal.
The description of a new Syndrome
In 1800 a new Syndrome was first described in medical texts and the first treatment that was given to treat it, dates back to around 1930. All those clinical symptoms experienced by those who feel permanently tired and with reduced energy levels were fully described by this Syndrome. It took a long time, until, finally, in 2015, it was officially recognized as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a fairly complex disorder. As its name suggests, the main symptom of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is excessive and chronic fatigue, which does not subside with sleep and rest. On the contrary, it is steadily deteriorating over time.
It is rather striking, in fact, that this kind of fatigue and lack of energy is not interpreted by another pathological condition of the patient, as in the usual tests no pathological finding is found. For this reason, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not an easily identifiable disease.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and individuals in whom it occurs
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is statistically more common in women aged 20 to 50. This does not mean that it does not occur in men of the same age group. It is quite possible, in fact, to manifest in children, most commonly between the ages of 13 to 15 years and occurs mainly after an intense or prolonged period of stress.
Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Various theories have been put forward about the factors that favor the onset of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. For example, it has been suggested that harmful lifestyle (substance abuse, poor diet, poor sleep), recurrent or chronic infections such as bronchitis, and chronic stress can trigger the onset of the Syndrome. Furthermore, it is not excluded that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a consequence of hereditary predisposition or hormonal imbalance.
Correlation of Adrenal Glands with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
All of the above causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are stressors. This means that they are recognized by our body and affect our adrenal glands, which are also called stress glands. Initially, the adrenal glands over-function, in order to compensate for any stressful situation that our body experiences. The increased action of the adrenal glands, at the beginning of any stressful situation, keeps us prosperous, as large amounts of adrenaline, cortisol and catecholamines are secreted. In this way, the functions of all the systems of our body are performed. It does not take long, however, to cause Fatigue of our Adrenal glands, which has a catalytic effect on the lives of patients.
Biochemical and cellular changes may occur, with consequent adverse effects on protein, carbohydrate and blood sugar levels, cardiovascular function, fat metabolism, sleep, Libido (sexual desire), menstruation and energy production.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can also function as a vestibule for Chronic Diseases. For this reason, when a person has reduced energy levels and feels constant fatigue that is not cured by sleep, he needs to go to medical centers that have previous experience with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Specialized Molecular Level Diagnostic Tests can nowadays detect the real causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In this way, we are able to understand the reason for the lack of energy levels and the feeling of permanent fatigue. Based on the diagnostic findings, the treatment of the patient is determined, based on any malfunctions and biochemical imbalances at the cellular level.
Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may include Molecular Nutrition, Bioidentical Hormone protocols, and treatment of cellular deficiencies. By these methods, the normal function of the adrenal glands is gradually restored.
Through the combination of a personalized treatment protocol and a Therapeutic Nutrition plan, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and its symptoms gradually subside. The patient’ s well-being is promoted, the energy levels are enhanced and, consequently, he is able to adequately cope with his daily activities and obligations.
Dr. Nikoleta Koini, M.D.
Doctor of Functional, Preventive, Anti-ageing and Restorative Medicine.
Diplomate and Board Certified in Anti-aging, Preventive, Functional and Regenerative Medicine from A4M (American Academy in Antiaging Medicine).
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