Chronic fatigue is a condition that is talked about more, and more, and something that many patients are headed to the doctor to talk about. Chronic fatigue can be debilitating, and can certainly get in the way of your overall quality of life, but what exactly is classified as chronic fatigue?
Someone would be diagnosed with chronic fatigue if they have been experiencing extreme fatigue for six months or longer. This type of fatigue is one that is not due to any type of underlying medical condition. When I suffered with chronic fatigue, I noticed that it was not relieved by taking a nap. I think that was one of the biggest signs that this is what I was suffering with.
One of the most frustrating things about chronic fatigue syndrome is that it’s very difficult to diagnose. Since this condition is not explained by an underlying medical condition, many medical tests are done before a diagnosis can be made. When there is no other medical condition aside from the chronic fatigue, this condition may be suspect.
With chronic fatigue on the rise, and over 1 million Americans suffering each day, chronic fatigue is something we need to take seriously.
What are the Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue?
Did you know that women are 2-4 times more likely to be diagnosed with chronic fatigue and that this condition can cause anger and anxiety if left untreated? This is why it’s critical to see a functional medicine practitioner if you suffer from any of the following symptoms as they all could be potential red flags of chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor memory or loss of memory
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Night sweats
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other digestive conditions
What Causes Chronic Fatigue?
There are a number of underlying causes of chronic fatigue, yet many doctors are still unable to directly pinpoint what is causing the chronic fatigue in their patients. Here are some of the common causes.
- Hormonal imbalances
- Viral infections
- Poor immune response
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Low blood pressure
- Mercury toxicity
Most patients with chronic fatigue also have adrenal issues. However, that is not the primary cause. What I do know, is that with my research, and my experience, mercury toxicity is the main cause of chronic fatigue.
Mercury Toxicity & Chronic Fatigue
Mercury is a contaminant commonly found in the environment and can cause a number of unwanted symptoms, and chronic fatigue. Mercury can be found in different forms:
The organic mercury, or methylmercury, is found in the seafood we eat and can cross the blood-brain barrier. Inorganic mercury can be found in things like soaps, beauty products and laxatives and elemental mercury can be found in amalgam fillings in the mouth. As you can see, there are a lot of ways mercury finds its way into the body, and a toxicity is not all that uncommon.
If you want to learn more about mercury and how mercury toxicity is detrimental to health, you can read my article on mercury toxicity.
To truly find out if you have too much mercury in your body, you need to get thorough testing done. I use a test in my practice that analyzes hair, urine and blood to determine if mercury toxicity is an issue. Here is a sample of what the test looks like. Not only does this test analyze what type of mercury you have circulating in the body but also if your kidneys and liver are doing their job of filtering this mercury out.
How to Treat Chronic Fatigue
If mercury toxicity is the underlying cause of chronic fatigue, it’s important to find a functional medicine practitioner, like me, that can diagnose the toxicity and help treat the problem effectively. Treating a mercury toxicity could greatly reduce or even eliminate your chronic fatigue symptoms, here are a few other ways chronic fatigue is commonly treated.
- Get tested for food sensitives and allergy’s
- Get adrenal hormones like cortisol tested
- Get tested for Candida
- Get tested for an H. Pylori infection-H. Pylori is a common chronic fatigue trigger
- Eliminate gluten, sugar, grains, and artificial sweeteners
- Reduce stress levels with meditation, and visualization
- Get at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night using supplements like sleep support until you get to the root of the issue
- Boost your Vitamin B intake
- Get tested for viruses like the Epstein Bar Virus that could be causing your fatigue
If you are suffering from weight gain, fatigue, hair loss and more, click here to schedule a phone call with me, so I can find out where you’ve been, where you want to get to, and how I can help you get there.
I know exactly where you are because I’ve been there myself…I remember being so tired that I could barely function. I gained 30 pounds out of nowhere and had a severe case of brain fog. I also started to get severe anxiety and panic attacks. I was driven and motivated…until I wasn’t. I didn’t know what was happening to me. All I wanted was to get my life back…
Finally, I learned about functional medicine and found a practitioner that I hoped could help me. They ran specialized tests that were far different than I had ever had before. When I got the results back, it turned out I had candida, parasites, high cortisol, the Epstein Bar Virus and many food intolerances. I also had an issue with my thyroid that no one found before because they were using the conventional medicine lab ranges which are way too broad….which I now know is one of the leading causes of hypothyroid misdiagnosis.
I went through treatment of all of these things and it completely changed my life. I immediately lost the 30 pounds I had gained plus more, I had a lot more energy, and my brain fog was gone. I felt amazing and knew that I wanted to help people find the underlying causes of their symptoms and disease.
Sae-Ron Shin (2012). Improved Chronic Fatigue Symptoms after Removal of Mercury in Patient with Increased Mercury Concentration in Hair Toxic Mineral Assay: A Case.
Dr. Axe. 4 Steps to Overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Human Exposure and Health Effects of Inorganic and Elemental Mercury