I have had chronic fatigue and, believe me, I know how it feels. I used to call it my crushing fatigue feeling. Not nice at all.
There are loads of different avenues to explore in chronic fatigue/ME cases. Some of the issues that have most commonly cropped up clinically in my experience have been:
Allergy and intolerance - it is amazing how a sensitivity to food, inhalant or something can completely drop you and no-one ever believes me but it turns up all the time. Note that chronic fatigue is one of the top gluten-related disorders (not just coeliac disease, but more usually CFS is a feature of non-coeliac gluten sensitivity). It turned out to be that in my own case. Just sayin.. Read more about GRDs here.
Adrenal fatigue. This is almost always a part ot it. Check and correct. Read all about adrenal fatigue here.
Underactive thyroid. An obvious one to look at. Cold, tired, listless. No brainer. Check and correct.
Anaemia. Of course. Which leads onto...
Nutrient deficiency. I have often seen a lack of nutrients, especially in teenage cases which, when corrected, solved the whole problem. No nutrients = no energy. White spots on nails? Just had a growth spurt? Puberty kicked off? All vulnerabilities in my experience. There are many nutrients tests but, effectively, I find the red blood cell minerals, Vitamin D and fatty acid levels are most key. If all are low, probably malabsorbing. Put the word 'nutrient' into the search box at the www.purehealthshop.co.uk site and have a read. The ONE test is quite useful as an overall checker. Spectracell is the best currently.
Then, there are the more in-depth things to check including viruses, parasites, liver and methylation issues etc.
There is a fabulous resource here which might help. It is a pretty comprehensive rundown of testing and treatments involved in chronic fatigue. I can help you with almost any of the tests mentioned so do just ask if you need help. Check the Tests page here for how it all works.
There is also a brief but useful primer on Chronic Fatigue here from GreenMedInfo.
My advice, generally, would be to have keep it simple and go through the main ones I've mentioned first before you get all complicated about it. I've learned over time that it is easy to miss the obvious and get bogged down in really complicated factors when actually the easy stuff corrected resolves most issues. It may be then that you can see the wood for the trees a bit and narrow down anything not corrected.
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